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What radiates more heat, white or black?

  1. Nov 13, 2003 #1

    ShawnD

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    If I have 2 objects that are the same is every way except for the color, which object will radiate heat faster; the black or the white?
     
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  3. Nov 13, 2003 #2

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    Black.
     
  4. Nov 13, 2003 #3
    FZ is right as the question is worded. However, it depends on if the surrounding space is warmer or colder. If it's warmer it will be absorbing heat faster.
     
  5. Nov 14, 2003 #4

    jimmy p

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    well i have never heard of white body radiation...
     
  6. Nov 14, 2003 #5

    Integral

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    It really is not that easy of a question to answer. Color is not specifically a factor in any thermodynamics relationship. What is a factor is surface emissivity. If the bodies are the same in every way the temperature of the 2 bodies will only be different the emissivity has changed. (This may well happen)
     
  7. Nov 15, 2003 #6

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    Faster than what? The question wasn't whether it would absorb or emit, but which would emit more: Black. The way the equations work, you can consider an object to be simultaneously absorbing and emitting radiation.
     
  8. Nov 15, 2003 #7

    ShawnD

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    Ok now is there a reason for why black emits more? I mean like a real reason not just a vague logical explanation.
     
  9. Nov 15, 2003 #8

    Integral

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    Black tends to adsorp a wider band of energy then lighter colors which reflect more, thus black surfaces can be warmer then light. There is much more then just color involved, so this is pretty much a generaliztion which may not be true in every case.
     
  10. Nov 15, 2003 #9
    He also said radiate HEAT faster. If the space around them is colder than the two objects, which will radiate heat faster? The energy emitted may not be in the form of heat.
     
  11. Nov 15, 2003 #10

    ShawnD

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    Actually the surroundings make no difference. Let's say you have 2 objects, one of them black and one of them not black and both are gaining more heat than they are emiting. The black object will radiate more heat as well as absorb more heat.
     
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