Conceptual Physics (12th Edition)

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

Chapter 16 - Think and Explain - Page 317-318: 73


This would not be possible.

Work Step by Step

If good absorbers were poor emitters, they would be net absorbers, and would warm up. Meanwhile, the poor absorbers that were good emitters would cool down because they'd be net emitters. The objects would not be in thermal equilibrium. This is discussed on page 309.
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