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What equation best summarizes photosynthesis?

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The equation 6 CO2 + 6 H2O —> 6(CH2O) + 6 O2 is used to summarize photosynthesis. Photosynthesis is the manner in which some plants use the energy from the sunlight to make food.

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In photosynthesis, plants use sunlight as a form of energy to convert carbon dioxide (CO2) and water (H2O) into glucose 6(CH2O) and oxygen (O2). The plant gets the carbon dioxide from the air and the water from rain or moisture in the ground. The glucose is stored in the plant and used as food, while the oxygen is released into the air.

Photosynthesis is not only important for plants to get food, but important for other organisms as well. The oxygen released into the air by the plant during this process is used by people and animals to sustain life. The plant itself uses the glucose produced during photosynthesis for a number of different things. Glucose is used during respiration, which releases energy that the plant uses for other processes. Glucose is also stored as starch, which the plant uses as energy when needed, such as long periods in which there is no sun. Plants make proteins, fats and sugars out of the glucose. These are used to help the plant grow and thrive.

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