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Biology 101 Labs: Photosynthesis Lab

1st: Plant and Photosynthesis Background

2nd: Floating Leaf Disc Experiment

Answer the following questions:

  1. Explain the specific purpose of the Bicarbonate Ions in the leaf disk photosynthesis (in other words, what molecule is Bicarbonate standing in for).
  2. What is the source of electrons for the leaf disk photosynthesis?
  3. Why is it important to use the average rate of photosynthesis (or respiration)?
  4. What is the importance of establishing a control for this experiment?
  5. Why is it important to study the photosynthetic rate of plants?

Link to the questions.

3rd: Chromatography Experiment

Watch the above video and and follow along with exercise 3 in your lab book (page 156).

Watch the above video and follow exercise 4 on page 159.