Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide

(PS-2979)

Teacher manual for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences labs. Has both the printed version and a flash drive with teacher tips, a PDF of teacher version and editable Word student version.

Radiation Energy Tranfer

Lab Summary

Use a temperature sensor to determine the effect the color of a container has on the temperature of water in the container as it is heated using radiant energy.

Theory

Determine the effect the color of a container has on the temperature of water in the container as it is heated using radiant energy. Through this investigation, students:

  • Describe radiant energy.
  • Describe the relationship between an object's color and its ability to absorb energy.
  • Explain that different surfaces on Earth absorb different amounts of radiant energy.

Method

Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:

  • Graphing temperature versus time data as water, in different colored cans (black and silver), is heated using radiant energy from a light bulb.
  • Comparing the change in the temperature of water in the black container to the water in the silver container.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

Advanced Water Quality Sensor

(PS-2230)

MultiMeasure sensor that incorporates pH, conductivity, temperature, and the optical dissolved oxygen probe.

Materials Used:

Graduated cylinder, 100-mL 
Heat lamp (or 150 W lamp) 
Insulated pad - 2
Radiation cans (one black, one silver) - 2
Ring stand 
Water, room temperature - 0.5 L

Your Bundle Options:

Option 1:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Starter Sensor Bundle

(PS-2915A)

Starter Sensor bundle designed for use with Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Solutions.

Option 2:

Advanced Environmental and Earth Science Standard Sensor Bundle

(PS-2916A)

Standard bundle for Advanced Environmental and Earth Sciences Teacher Guide,

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.