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What is the overall equation for photosynthesis?

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Photosynthesis is a chemical reaction that converts solar energy to chemical energy and has the chemical equation of 6H2O + 6CO2 --> C6H12O6 + 6O2. The overall reaction of photosynthesis is catalyzed by solar energy and produces glucose for plants and oxygen for the atmosphere.

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Photosynthesis requires sunlight in order to begin. During the daytime, the light energy from the sun is directed at plant leaves and chlorophyll inside of the leaves soaks up the sunlight. The chlorophyll is found in the thylakoid membranes of the chloroplasts in each plant cell. The entire reaction of photosynthesis occurs in the thylakoid membranes. Then the glucose created can be exported to the rest of the plant and the oxygen product can be released into the atmosphere.

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