Wilbur and Aunt Edna in “The Great Respiration Caper.”

Sabbatical is here (thanks, Juniata College) and I have time to work on books and research projects. This blog should be a good venue to chronicle my activities.

The first project is finishing the final chapter of my epic energy flow trilogy. It started with trapping energy in the Photosynthesis story, continued with a story on how ATP works and now the we unlock all of that trapped energy in the “The Great Respiration Caper.” I will try to post a page a day until it is done. My plan is to complete it by the middle of next month, so stay tuned. I post these pages because I hope teachers and students may find them useful. Consequently, I want the story to be as accurate as possible. You are invited to provide feedback on any and all aspects that can be improved.

Our story begins with Wilbur, a glucose molecule and a great big hammer…

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  8. What a great resorces are your cartoons on ATP, Photosynthesis and Cellular respiration. I used to print them for my lessons and refer to your website.

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  10. Wow, amazing cartoons!! Thank you so much for sharing these. I am using them for my Bio20 class in Alberta. Your cartoons are funny and detailed, a great tool to illustrate photosynthesis and cellular respiration.

  11. Hola soy un Biólogo que trabaja en el Instituto de Educación Media Superior de la Ciudad de México… Acabo de ingresar a esta página y me parece maravilloso el que estos temas los hayas transformados en comics… Todavía no los trabajo con mis estudiantes, pero de principo, me parece un excelente proyecto el que has hecho. Tu trabajo me aligera el mío ya que estos temas son normalmente muy difíciles de que se les queden a los estudiantes… De verdad muchas gracias por tu trabajo… Gracias!

  12. Awesome I learned it in just one reading and it’s so easy to understand
    Thanks for both photosynthesis and respiration

  13. This is awesome! One recommendation I have to make is with regard to the first comic. It is a common misconception that energy is released when bonds are broken, but this is truly not the case.

    In cell respiration, glucose and oxygen undergo a reaction where bonds are broken and bonds are formed. The net energy that is released in this long process is due to the formation of bonds, NOT the release of energy “stored in the bonds” of glucose.

  14. Thanks of these cartoons now I am ready for my test, you are amazing!!!

  15. New Zealand student studying in Japan loving your comics! I think they may have gone a little global.

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