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Photosynthesis Virtual Lab

Site 1: Glencoe Photosynthesis Lab

screenshot"Which colors of the light spectrum are most important for plant growth?"


(you can type "glencoe photosynthesis" into a google search to find this resource)

- Read the summary in the side bar which explains how colors of light affect plant growth.

- Read the procedure. Many of your tasks will be recorded in the journal which you will print out to turn in - there are 5 questions to answer in the journal, use complete, thoughtful sentences for each of these questions.

- You will also record your measurements in the table to be printed and turned in.

*Print your questions and tables to turn in. (Alternatively, your teacher may have printed this document for you)


Site 2: Photolab (search for "kscience photolab")

This simulation allows you to manipulate many variables. You already observed how light colors will affect the growth of a plant, in this simulation you can directly measure the rate of photosynthesis by counting the number of bubbles of oxygen that are released.

There are 3 other potential variables you could test with this simulation: amount of carbon dioxide, light intensity, and temperature. Keep the light settings at white light (you already tested colored light in the last experiment.)

Choose one variable and design and experiment that would test how this factor affects the rate of photosynthesis. Remember, that when designing an experiment, you need to keep all variables constant except the one you are testing. Collect data and write a summary of your findings that includes:

Site 3: Photosynthesis Tutorial

This is a helpful study guide on photosynthesis. Read this tutorial to get to know more about the process of photosynthesis, particularly the Calvin Cycle, photolysis, and carbon fixation. Take note of the limiting factors of photosynthesis