Problem: An interesting use of copper oxide is as a black surface coating in devices that collect solar energy. A thin layer of CuO transmits infrared radiation but not shorter wavelength radiation. It is degraded by acid rain primarily HNO3. Write an equation for what happens. 

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An interesting use of copper oxide is as a black surface coating in devices that collect solar energy. A thin layer of CuO transmits infrared radiation but not shorter wavelength radiation. It is degraded by acid rain primarily HNO3. Write an equation for what happens.