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Experiment to compare the radiation of heat from different objects.

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Introduction

Aim

To observe the energy produced per second depending on the rate of cooling from the objects depending upon the relative ability of its surface to emit energy by radiation of heat.

Hypothesis

The black body has an emissivity of 1 whereas the silver body has an emissivity of 0.1. Emissivity is referred as the ability to emit energy by radiation. Hence the black body will produce more energy. The experiment has to perform with great caution so as the heat radiated by our body does not  interfere with the calculated readings.

Method

  • Acquire a clamp stand and fix the thermometer to on it
  • Boil water greater , then 85 degrees Celsius and pour the water into a graduating cylinder of volume 250 ml
  • After measuring the volume pour the water into anyone of the cylinders depending on which the experiment is performed i.e.  If one is performing experiment on black cylinder pour the water into black cylinder.
  • After pouring the water in to the cylinder, adjust the cylinder on the clamp stand such that the thermometer is in the boiling water in the center of the container and touches no surface inside the container.
  • At 85 degrees Celsius start the stopwatch and take the temperature readings at equal intervals of time of 20 seconds until 180 seconds
  • Perform the experiment 5 times for each of the cylinders

Apparatus needed

  • Clamp stand
  • Thermometer
  • Stopwatch
  • Boiling water
  • Black cylinder
  • Shining cylinder
  • Measuring cylinder

Variables

  • Temperature of the water boiled from the kettle
  • Room temperature  in which the experiment is performed
  • Distance at which the thermometer as kept in the water of the container
  • Distance between the person performing the experiment and the cans

Controlled variables

  • Number of cans
  • Amount of water
  • Emissivity of cans

Independent variables

  • External surface of cans
  • Surface area of cans in which the water will occupy the area
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Middle

81

82

81.5

140

80.5

80.5

80

81

81

160

80

80

79.5

80.5

79

180

79

79

79

80

78.5

Table show the reading taken from the black aluminum can at equal intervals of time

Time (s) (± 0.01 s)

Temperature  1 in °C (± 0.2 °C)

Temperature 2 in  °C (± 0.2 °C)

Temperature in 3°C (± 0.2 °C)

Temperature  in 4°C (± 0.2 °C)

Temperature  in 5°C (± 0.2 °C)

0

85

85

85

85

85

20

85

84.5

84.9

85

83.5

40

84

84

84

84.5

83

60

83

83.5

83.5

84

82

80

83

83

83.5

83.5

82.5

100

82.5

84

83

83.5

81

120

81

84

82.5

82.5

81

140

80.5

81

82

82.5

80

160

80

81

81.5

81

79

180

79.9

80

81

80

78

Calculation

Table below shows the mean values for the 5

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Conclusion

The black can that was used had was actually a shining can wrap around in black paper. This wrapping if it had space between the cylinder the air between the paper between the paper and the can would get heated and hence then act as an insulator preventing the heat to escape and causing errors in the reading. An ideal improvement for this would be wrap the paper around the can securely or to just the paint the container so that there is no air stuck that would act as insulator preventing the heat to escape. For a lab experiment a mercury thermometer is not advisable. There are two types of mercury thermometer, partial and complete immersion. It is difficult to tell the type of thermometer. Hence if the thermometer was not dipped completely or was dipped partially it could have also caused an error. Also mercury thermometers are known to have a sensitive nod somewhere in the thermometer, which might exaggerate the reading. An ideal improvement for this would be to use digital scientific laboratory thermometer as they are more accurate and less susceptible to inaccuracies.
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