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What is the overall reaction for photosynthesis?

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The chemical reaction for the completion of photosynthesis is 6CO2 + H20 + light energy --> C6H12O6 + 6O2. The reaction utilizes carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, water from the plant and light from the sun to produce glucose for the plant and oxygen for the atmosphere.

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Photosynthesis allows plants to create glucose in order to sustain life. Plants utilize glucose as a source of energy and nutrition. The overall reaction of photosynthesis is completed in the chloroplasts of the plant cells with the pigment chlorophyll. The reaction is completed in two parts: one part begins and ends during the day when the sun is out and the last part finishes at night when the sun goes down.

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