12.2) Aerobic respiration
Aerobic respiration: is the term for chemical reactions in cells that use oxygen to break down nutrient molecules to releases energy.
- The word aerobic means that oxygen is needed for this chemical reaction.
- The food molecules are combined with oxygen.
- The process is called oxidation and the food is said to be oxidised.
- glucose + oxygen → carbon dioxide + water + 2830 kJ energy
- C6H12O6 + 6O2 → 6CO2 + 6H2O