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What does Color have to do with Cooling?


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    Colorado State University

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What does Color have to do with Cooling?

In this demonstration/experiment, learners discover that different colors and materials (metals, fabrics, paints) radiate different amounts of energy and therefore, cool at different rates. Learners predict if the aluminum or white cylinder will cool the fastest and then collect measurements at 1-minute intervals to find out. This activity can be related to a discussion on earth systems and global warming. Note: this activity involves some waiting time, so plan accordingly.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Demonstration, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • 2 digital thermometers
  • 2 aluminum cylinders with holes for the thermometers (one bare metal and one painted white)
  • Mug warmer

Subjects


  • Earth and Space Science
    • Earth Processes
      • Weather and Climate
    • Earth Structure
      • Atmosphere
  • Mathematics
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Thermodynamics and Entropy
    • Energy
    • Light and Optics
      • Electromagnetic Spectrum
      • Sunlight and Color
      • Vibration and Waves
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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