Objects appear to be different colours

Objects appear to be different colours because they absorb some colours (wavelengths) and reflected or transmit other colours. The colours we see are the wavelengths that are reflected or transmitted.

For example, a red shirt looks red because the dye molecules in the fabric have absorbed the wavelengths of light from the violet/blue end of the spectrum. Red light is the only light that is reflected from the shirt. If only blue light is shone onto a red shirt, the shirt would appear black, because the blue would be absorbed and there would be no red light to be reflected.White objects appear white because they reflect all colours. Black objects absorb all colours so no light is reflected (Science Learning Hub, 2012).

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Website name Science Learning Hub
Organization The University of Waikato
Website URL http://sciencelearn.org.nz/
Copyright date 2007 – 2016
Page URL  http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Light-and-Sight/Science-Ideas-and-Concepts/Colours-of-light
Article title  Colour  of objects
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Publication date 04 April 2012
Date retrieved 17 May 2016
Citation (APA Style) (Science Learning Hub. 2012)
Reference (APA Style) Science learning hub. 2012. “Colour  of objects“. http://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/Contexts/Light-and-Sight/Science-Ideas-and-Concepts/Colours-of-light/

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