What's the difference between a carbon atom and a carbon dioxide molecule? I'm doing this biology project and they're asking what happens to a carbon atom during photosynthesis. But when I'm looking through the lesson it only says carbon dioxide molecule. I'm assuming they're the same thing, but I'm pretty sure I'm wrong.
Carbon is C and carbon dioxide is CO2. If you're tracing what happens to a carbon molecule, though, you could start with the C in CO2 and then watch it as it's incorporated into other molecules.