What Is Heat Absorption?

Heat absorption refers to the heat transfer that occurs between two bodies; it can occur through conduction, convection or radiation. Heat absorption also is an endothermic reaction. In an endothermic process, a cooler object absorbs the hotter object’s heat.

Baking bread in a oven is an endothermic reaction and an example of heat absorption. Another example of heat absorption is placing cold, raw chicken into a hot oven. As the chicken absorbs heat from the oven’s surrounding, it gets hot. The longer the chicken is in the oven, the more heat it absorbs.

Different colored objects absorb heat at different rates. For example, a black object absorbs more heat than one of a lighter color.