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Why are the dark clothes getting more heat under the sun than the white ones?
- Teddy (age 12)
dark clothes absorb most of the light that hits them, hence they are
dark. with that in mind we must remember that rays of light have energy
and one of the laws of physics is that energy cannot be created or
destroyed it may only change forms. so when light strikes and is
absorped by dark clothing, that energy is changed into heat.
white clothing on the other hand simply reflects more of the light is receives.
(republished on 07/27/06)
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