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Comparison of cellular respiration and photosynthesis

I must complete the chart below and I am having a very hard time figuring out the solutions for both photosynthesis and cellular respiration. I need help understanding the processes of photosynthesis and respiration so I can figure this out. I do not need you to fill in the chart for me but please explain the two processes so I can figure out what the answers are myself.

Photosynthesis Aerobic Cellular Respiration
Full balanced equation



Is this reaction endergonic
or exergonic? State which
one it is.

Energy source used

Cell organelles involved in
the reaction

Role of ATP in the reaction

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In order to do this assignment you need a little background about photosynthesis and cellular respiration. I will provide information on these two pathways and as I do I will provide the answers you need to complete the chart. I will not fill out the chart for you, so you will need to read the information I provide to find your answers. This will help you with the assignment and ensure that you understand the material.

Cellular respiration and photosynthesis are two very important metabolic pathways necessary for life to exist. They are exact opposite chemical reactions from each other. Photosynthesis occurs only in plants (and some bacteria) while cellular respiration occurs in many different organisms including plants and animals. The key purpose of photosynthesis is to make food for the plants, plants do not need to "eat" the way animals do, they can make food from the energy found in the sun, and this process is called photosynthesis. The key purpose of cellular respiration is to obtain energy from food products. This is why they are exact opposite reactions; photosynthesis takes energy from the sun and ...

Solution Summary

This solution describes the chemical reactions involved in cellular respiration and photosynthesis. It discusses the overall chemical equation for these two processes, compares and contrasts the reactants needed and the products produced from each process as well as discusses the role of ATP and the cellular organelles involved.