H2O on both sides of eq'n?

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H2O on both sides of eq'n?

Post by Julie18 » Wed Sep 16, 2009 11:40 pm

We were talking about the photosynthesis equation today, and I was wondering why H2O appears on both sides of the equation? Normally it would be cancelled when that happens.

6CO2 + 12H2O --> C6H12O6 + 6H2O + 6O2

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Post by JackBean » Thu Sep 17, 2009 5:00 pm

that's because the water is in the beginning decomposited to (activated) hydrogens and (molecular) oxygen by light harvesting complex and later on, during the Calvin cycle, it is again produced, but in another, independent reaction ;)

Cis or trans? That's what matters.

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