Which Is Hotter Color Science Experiment
In this fun and easy color science experiment, we’re going to investigate if certain colors get hotter faster than others.
- Two thermometers
- One sheet of white paper
- One sheet of black paper
- Two tin cans
- Black paint
- White paint
- Pitcher of water
- Place each thermometer outside in the sun.
- Put the white piece of paper over one of the thermometers and put the black piece of paper over the second thermometer.
- Wait thirty minutes.
- While you are waiting, paint one of the cans white and the other can black.
- Once thirty minutes have passed, write down the temperatures from each thermometer.
- Now fill each can with water.
- Place a thermometer in each can and place the cans back outside.
- Put the white piece of paper on the white can and the black piece of paper on the black can.
- Wait thirty minutes and then write down the temperature from each thermometer.
How it Works:
The black color absorbs more sunlight. This converts to heat and increases the temperature. The white color reflects more sunlight and thus does not absorb as much heat.
Make This A Science Project:
Try this experiment with different colors. Try spraying sun block on the black color. Try spraying sunblock on the surface of the water.