Topic 2.9: Photosynthesis
Essential Idea: Photosynthesis uses the energy in sunlight to produce the chemical energy needed for life.
At SHS, Topic 2.9 is taught in the following class unit(s):
Statements & Objectives:
2.9.U1 Photosynthesis is the production of carbon compounds in cells using light energy.
2.9.U2 Visible light has a range of wavelengths with violet the shortest wavelength and red the longest.
2.9.U3 Chlorophyll absorbs red and blue light most effectively and reflects green light more than other colours.
2.9.U4 Oxygen is produced in photosynthesis from the photolysis of water.
2.9.U5 Energy is needed to produce carbohydrates and other carbon compounds from carbon dioxide.
2.9.U6 Temperature, light intensity and carbon dioxide concentration are possible limiting factors on the rate photosynthesis.
2.9.A1 Changes to the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans and rock deposition due to photosynthesis.
2.9.S1 Drawing an absorption spectrum for chlorophyll and an action spectrum for photosynthesis.
2.9.S2 Design an experiment to investigate limiting factors on photosynthesis.
2.9.S3 Separation of photosynthetic pigments by chromatograph. (Practical 4)
2.9.NOS Experimental design- controlling relevant variables in photosynthesis experiments is essential.
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