About This Simulation
Photosynthesis uses the energy in sunlight to produce the chemical energy needed for life. This virtual lab focuses on the light reaction of photosynthesis, and on the molecular mechanisms that allow plants and algae to capture sunlight and convert it into chemical energy. Students proceed at their own pace and test learned knowledge instantly by answering quiz questions.
In this lab, the student learns how light energy is converted into chemical energy. They will extract the photopigments of an unknown algal strain and determine photosynthetic activity with the Hill reaction.