Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 16 - Reading Check Questions (Comprehension): 27

Answer

In a conventional greenhouse, glass allows high-frequency radiant energy (i.e., visible light) to pass in. It is not as transparent to low-frequency infrared wavelengths of radiant energy that are trying to get out, and traps that radiation. The Earth's atmosphere similarly acts as a one-way valve.

Work Step by Step

This is discussed on pages 312-313.
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