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How Does Light Affect the Rate of Photosynthesis?

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Biology Investigation

Problem: How does light affect the rate of Photosynthesis?

The Plan

In my experiment I am going to see how light affects the rate of photosynthesis. To do this experiment I am going to set up the apparatus as shown in figure 1.

The apparatus I am going to use are the following: -

1 Tripod
1 300ml Beaker
1 Boiling Tube
1 Clamp Stand
1Clamp
1 Boss
1 Ring Binder
1 Lamp
1 1 Metre Ruler
1 Thermometer
1 Stop Clock

To do the experiment I will set up the apparatus first. I will firstly place the tripod on top of the base of the clamp stand and fill the 300ml beaker with 250ml of water to create the water bath. I will place the boss in the middle of the bar on the clamp stand and place the clamp in the boss. I would then fill the boiling tube 43ml of water, put the pondweed in it and place it in the clamp. I would place the ring binder around the clamp stand surrounding the water base. Finally, I would plug in the lamp and place it 10cm away from the pondweed.

I done a preliminary experiment to get an idea how to do the main and proper experiment and what would happen in the experiment. In the preliminary experiment we didn’t use the safeguards so it wasn’t fair experiment. We did this because it gave us the idea what problems we might face when we did the main experiment and gave us the idea how to do it.

The pondweed should create photosynthesis by the following equation: -

6CO2 + 6H2O6C6H12O6+ 6O2

Photosynthesis occurs when plants take in Carbon Dioxide from the surrounding air in its leaves and water from the nearby soil in its roots. The leaves then take light energy from the Sun, which is absorbed in the chlorophyll in the cells and passes it along for it to be used in photosynthesis. Glucose is produced and is converted into Starch to be stored. Oxygen is produced from the water and it is a waste product so it is released into the air. The plant uses Carbon Dioxide and water...

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