Climate change in a shoebox: Right result, wrong physics.

Tobin, Roger G.
Wagoner, Paul.
Liu, Chunhua.

Classroom experiments that purport to demonstrate the role of carbon dioxide's far-infrared absorption in global climate change are more subtle than is commonly appreciated. We show, using both experimental results and theoretical analysis, that one such experiment demonstrates an entirely different phenomenon: The greater density of carbon dioxide compared to air reduces heat transfer by suppress... read more

Climate change.
Physics--Study and teaching.
Tufts University. Department of Physics and Astronomy.
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"Climate change in a shoebox: Right result, wrong physics," Paul Wagoner, Chunhua Liu and R.G. Tobin, Am. J. Phys. 78, 536 (2010).
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