Amazing Albedo

This lesson is a lab in which students use thermometers, white and dark paper, and lamps to measure differences in albedo between the light and dark materials. Connections are made to albedo in Antarctica.

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American Museum of Natural History and Rice University

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Teaching Tips

Teaching Tips

Have students write out their hypothesis/prediction before they begin. Let students choose other materials to determine the albedo that exist in nature, i.e. different leaf types, substrates, etc.

Instructors need to emphasize that color affects albedo but is not albedo. Albedo is a measure of the reflectivity of a surface.

Most appropriate for middle school.

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