Will a black container of hot water lose heat faster or slower than a white container of hot water?
Asked by: Katy Ward
A black body is assumed to be a perfect radiator of heat.
A black container of water can be said to be closer to a black body than a white container. Kirchoff's laws of radiation make it evident that a BLACK BODY IS NOT ONLY A PERFECT ABSORBER BUT ALSO A PERFECT emitter of heat. Hence the black container will cool down faster.
Wear a black cotton shirt in summer, you'll sweat!
Wear a cotton (black) shirt in winter you'll freeze!
Answered by: Akhilesh, Undergrad, India
'Physics is mathematical not because we know so much about the physical world, but because we know so little; it is only its mathematical properties that we can discover.'