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Homework Help: Questions on the different types of heat transfer

  1. Jul 6, 2011 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Radiation is a type of heat transfer but I don't understand how it works. I know that conduction is direct contact and convection uses mass transfer to move heat but what does radiation do. My teacher never gave clear examples so some examples of how applies to heat transfer would be great.

    2. The attempt at a solution
    Examples of conduction are: pan on stove ---> handle gets hot over time
    Examples of convection are: air, water
    Examples of radiation:???

    More examples on convection would also be helpful :)
    Last edited: Jul 6, 2011
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  3. Jul 6, 2011 #2


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    When the sun rises tomorrow, go outside and see what you feel.
  4. Jul 6, 2011 #3
    So does that mean that the sun is transferring heat in the form of radiation? Is there an exact definition or are examples the best way to describe it?
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