Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

Published by Addison-Wesley
ISBN 10: 0321909100
ISBN 13: 978-0-32190-910-7

Chapter 16 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 18

Answer

The temperature of the surroundings determines whether an object is a net emitter or a net absorber.

Work Step by Step

If the surroundings are at a lower temperature, the object will be a net emitter and will cool down. If the surroundings are at a higher temperature, the object will be a net absorber and will warm up. This is discussed on page 309.
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