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This web page is a teacher's guide for an activity on heat transfer through radiation. Students investigate the relative absorption of light energy by water, light soil, and dark soil. Included is background information for teachers, labs with printable student guides, extension activities, and ideas for assessment. Each module is aligned to both NSES standards and AAAS Benchmarks.
NOTE: Some labs involve use of hot liquids and should be carefully supervised.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Heat and Temperature
Unit Title: Teaching about Heat and Thermal Energy
In this lab, students compare how light energy is absorbed by water, light-colored soil, and dark-colored soil. Includes background information, printable student data tables, and assessment ideas.Links to Units:
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