Introduction

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. Home designers and city planners use the principles being studied to design more energy-efficient homes and cities.

Objectives

In this experiment, you will

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