Vernier Software and Technology
Vernier Software & Technology

Reflectivity of Light

Figure from experiment 35 from Elementary Science with Vernier


Light is reflected from surfaces based on their texture and color. The amount of light reflected is called the reflectivity of the surface. Reflectivity is important in determining our climate on Earth. Things like oceans, trees, ice, and deserts greatly affect how much of the sun’s light energy is reflected and how much heats the Earth.


In this activity, you will

  • Use a Light Probe to measure reflected light.
  • Make conclusions based on your data.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

See all standards correlations for Elementary Science with Vernier »

Experiment 35 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Elementary Science with Vernier</em> book cover

Included in the Lab Book

Vernier lab books include word-processing files of the student instructions, essential teacher information, suggested answers, sample data and graphs, and more.

Buy the Book

Go to top