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AP Biology Investigation #5: Photosynthesis


Innovating Science™

Students will learn the necessary components and conditions for photosynthesis to occur while using leaf disks to measure the accumulation of oxygen and related it to the rate of photosynthesis. Students will then use guide inquiry to design and conduct and experiment to examine the effects of a chosen variable on the rate of photosynthesis. Teachers manual and Student Study Guide copymasters are included. There are enough materials provided 8 lab groups. This lab meets AP Science Practices 1, 2, 3, 6, and 7, and Big Idea 2.

Kit Includes:

  • 1 Hole Punch
  • 16 Syringes 10mL
  • 16 Plastic Cups
  • 30mL Dilute Soap Solution
  • 50g Sodium Bicarbonate

Materials needed but not supplied:

  • Living plant leaves
  • Light source
  • Timers or stopwatches
  • Distilled or deionized water

DOT: Non-regulated

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