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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.
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Thermo & Stat Mech
- First Law
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conduction, convection, energy, experiment, heat, heat transfer, radiation
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Metadata instance created September 25, 2007 by Ann Deml
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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.

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(University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2007), WWW Document, (https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/learn/radiation-albedo).
Atmospheric Processes: Radiation (University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, 2007), <https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/learn/radiation-albedo>.
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Atmospheric Processes: Radiation. (2007, September 27). Retrieved June 23, 2024, from University Corporation for Atmospheric Research: https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/learn/radiation-albedo
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University Corporation for Atmospheric Research. Atmospheric Processes: Radiation. Boulder: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, September 27, 2007. https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/learn/radiation-albedo (accessed 23 June 2024).
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Atmospheric Processes: Radiation. Boulder: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, 2007. 27 Sep. 2007. 23 June 2024 <https://scied.ucar.edu/activity/learn/radiation-albedo>.
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