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12.2) Aerobic respiration

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
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