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What gets hotter in the sun, water in a black or white cup?

Postby ibenavides » Thu Dec 06, 2007 8:30 pm

I am having a very difficult time finding research for this topic. I would really appreciate any help or any links. In reality, this project is for my third grade son and am working with him. I've already checked out google, but there is nothing I've found there. I desperately need your help in order to do this in a timely manner.


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Postby adance » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:24 am

I googled "color absorb reflect heat" and got a few hits that might help you, like:

http://www.newton.dep.anl.gov/askasci/p ... y00156.htm


Good luck!
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RE: Color and Heat Absorption

Postby ibenavides » Fri Dec 07, 2007 11:55 am

Thank you very much. I will check the links and hopefully that will help with my son's project so we can start our research paper. If you find any other things that are similar please forward them to me. Anything and everything will help!!! Thanks again.
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Postby Willz » Fri Dec 07, 2007 10:09 pm

Here is another website that may be helpful:
The first part of this page explains why black objects are warmer than white objects, and how color affects heat absorption.

Hope this helps!

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Postby pdoshi » Sat Dec 08, 2007 8:43 pm

Yes, dark colors like black does very much abosrb more heat and white colors.Black tends to adsorp a wider amount of energy then lighter colors which reflect more, so black surfaces are warmer then light. Color plays a huge role in the absorbtion of heat or temperature.
-Hope this helps

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black or white cup

Postby meredithhodgkinson » Sun Dec 09, 2007 6:14 am

I would also google keywords like absorption, refraction, reflection, conductance. You may find info related to what you are looking for, for example, roofing, road materials, and clothing are often considered for their color and its properties.
Meredith L. Hodgkinson, Ph.D., CHES

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