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Absorption of Radiant Energy

Experiment #9 from Exploring Earth and Space Science

Education Level
Middle School


Color affects the absorption of radiant energy. You can use the results of this experiment to better dress for the season—to keep cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.


  • Monitor temperature change due to radiant energy absorption.
  • Calculate temperature changes.
  • Interpret your results.

Sensors and Equipment

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