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Why do objects appear the color they are?
It's a matter of selective absorption and reflection of the varying wavelengths of light. Our eyes and brain work together to interpret the different wavelengths of light as different colors. White light is composed of all possible wavelengths of visible light, and sunlight is very nearly white. Characteristics of various surfaces cause them to reflect or absorb certain wavelengths. The ones that are reflected to our eyes are what determine the color we perceive. To cite just a single example, if a ball is red, it reflects red light and absorbs the other colors. That's why it appears red. The issue is slightly different for a source of light, and the answer speaks to all other things we see and the colors they appear to have.
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The color of an object has to do with the waves of (visible) light that it reflects. When light hits an object some is absorbed and some reflects, e.g. white is …white because all the colours are reflected back; black is black because none of the colours are reflected, red is red because only red reflects from the object. Plants are green because the chlorophyll reflects the colour green, making them appear green to us.
colour filters Objects appear coloured because they reflect light of particular wavelengths when illuminated by white light. Colour filters merely drain some colours from whi…te light. hi lol
When you paint a room, white makes the room appear to be larger. Horizontal stripes also make a room appear larger.
An object that appears black is absorbing all colors therefore none of the colors in the spectrum are being reflected.
No wavelengths of light are bounced back from an object that appears black, and all wavelengths of light are bounced back from an object that appears white.
the color of the light it reflects and absorbs. If the object reflects red and absorbs all other colors, the object will appear red.
angle at which visible light is reflected off the object.
The way light is reflected off the object. For example, an object that appears green absorbs all other colors (violet, blue, red, for example) except green which is reflected …off the object. Our eye only sees this green color reflected back at us, so we see the object as green.
It is determined by the wavelengths of light that reach your eyes.
Because white light contains all the colours of the spectrum and objects of one colour absorb the other colours only reflecting back the colour that they are. This can be show…n by the fact that Black reflects back none of the spectrum so no light is reflected back and so appears "black" whilst white reflects back all of the spectrum so it appears white.
It appears the color of light it reflects.
No. If the object absorbs that color, then there's none left to travel from there to your eyes, is there ! The color you see is the light that the object couldn't absor…b, so it bounced from the object to your eyes.
An object would appear black if: it did not emit any visible radiation. it was in an environment where there was no ambient visible radiation present. the compo…unds on its surface absorbed all radiation comprising the visible spectrum.
It appears to have the color[s] of the light that it reflects.. -- Red sweaters reflect red light. -- Green grass reflects green light. -- The fur on blond dogs reflects blon…d light. -- Orange light reflects from the fruit of the same name. -- An object that reflects no light appears black..