4B40.30 - Leslie's Cube

See paragraph one in the procedure section
See paragraph two in the procedure section
Code Number:
Demo Title:
Leslie's Cube
Radiation of Heat from Different Surfaces
Area of Study:
Heat & Fluids
Black box with copper side & funnel - (Leslie's Cube), Teapot with water, Gas heater, Grill Lighter, Sensitive thermocouple, Multimeter (Analog of Digital).

Fill the cube with hot water before demonstrating. The painted and unpainted side will give different reading thus showing a black body radiation effect. Be sure to empty the cube afterwards to avoid mineral buildup.  Set the multimeter to the most sensitive DC voltage scale ( 200 micro volts range ). 

The four aluminum disks each have a different front surface finish.  They are, gloss black, matte black, gloss aluminum, and matte aluminum.  Each of the disks has a liquid crystal thermometer attached to the back side.  Set the disks at equal distances from a heat source and monitor the temperature vs. time.

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