Glucose Is Very Useful!

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Glucose is a very useful substance.  Therefore, photosynthesis’ main purpose is to MAKE GLUCOSE.  In this post, we’ll look at some of the most popular uses for glucose.

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We can see that glucose is useful in:
(1) Providing energy
(2) Make cellulose (plant fiber)
(3) Make fruits sweet-tasting

There are more ways glucose are useful, but you get the idea…  Therefore, although photosynthesis makes both glucose and oxygen, glucose is THE product that TRULY MATTERS.

Note: The chemical formula for the glucose molecule is C6H12O6

Next Generation Science Standards:

MS-LS1-3.  Use argument supported by evidence for how the body is a system of interacting subsystems composed of groups of cells.

MS-LS1-6.  Construct a scientific explanation based on evidence for the role of photosynthesis in the cycling of matter and flow of energy into and out of organisms.

MS-LS1-7.  Develop a model to describe how food is rearranged through chemical reactions forming new molecules that support growth and/or release energy as this matter moves through an organism.

HS-LS1-2. Develop and use a model to illustrate the hierarchical organization of interacting systems that provide specific functions within multicellular organisms.

HS-LS1-3.  Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that feedback mechanisms maintain homeostasis.

HS-LS1-5. Use a model to illustrate how photosynthesis transforms light energy into stored chemical energy.

HS-LS1-6.  Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for how carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen from sugar molecules may combine with other elements to form amino acids and/or other large carbon-based molecules.

HS-LS1-7.  Use a model to illustrate that cellular respiration is a chemical process whereby the bonds of food molecules and oxygen molecules are broken and the bonds in new compounds are formed resulting in a net transfer of energy.

HS-LS2-3.  Construct and revise an explanation based on evidence for the cycling of matter and flow of energy in aerobic and anaerobic conditions.

HS-LS2-5.  Develop a model to illustrate the role of photosynthesis and cellular respiration in the cycling of carbon among the biosphere, atmosphere, hydrosphere, and geosphere.

What Science Does this Comic Teach?

Unit: Cell Biology

⇒Chapter: Photosynthesis

⇒Topic: Glucose

Additional Information

Chloroplast

Chloroplasts are organelles containing a special pigment called chlorophyll and are responsible for making photosynthesis happen.  Chloroplasts are usually found in plant cells.

Reactants

They are the “ingredients” of a chemical reaction.  In a chemical reaction, reactants are used to produce “products”, which are the end results of a reaction.

Products

Products are what a chemical reaction “makes” in the end.  For example, the main products of photosynthesis are glucose and oxygen.

Glucose

Glucose is the simplest form of sugar and contains a lot of energy–think of the phrase “sugar-rush”.  Because it is “simple”, it can be easily absorbed into an organism’s body/cells to provide the organism with energy.

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