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Heat reflection question

  1. Feb 8, 2004 #1
    A piece of wood lying in the sun absorbs more heat than a piece of shiny metal. Yet the wood fells less hot than the metal when you pick it up. Why?
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  3. Feb 9, 2004 #2

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    Which reflects more light? The same one will emit less heat through radiation.

    Also, assuming the masses are the same, one of them has a lower specific heat capacity; that is, some things require more heat energy per kilogram in order to be at a certain temperature.
  4. Feb 9, 2004 #3


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    You feel heat based on heat transfer rate - metal has a higher heat transfer coefficient.
  5. Feb 9, 2004 #4
    That's what I thought. Thanks.
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