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This interactive simulation allows users to explore how people view colors. The first part of the simulation explores the use of three monochromatic lights of varied intensity to produce multiple colors. The second part of the simulation allows users to filter white light and monochromatic light and study how the filter determines what colors pass through to the eyes. The color of both the light and the filter can be controlled by the user.

This simulation is part of a large and growing collection. It has been designed using principles from physics education research and refined based on student interviews.

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Subjects Levels Resource Types
Optics
- Color
= Synthesis and Analysis of Color
- The Eye
- High School
- Lower Undergraduate
- Middle School
- Informal Education
- Instructional Material
= Activity
= Interactive Simulation
- Audio/Visual
= Movie/Animation
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- Physical Science
- Physics First
- Conceptual Physics
- Algebra-based Physics
- AP Physics
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- Activity
- Laboratory
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application/java
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http://phet.colorado.edu/sims/col…
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© 2005 PHET and University of Colorado
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Keywords:
Photons, Radiation, Spectrum, White Light, addition, experiment simulation, filters, white, Light, color, filter, interactive multimedia, light, monochromatic beam, vision
Record Cloner:
Metadata instance created October 30, 2006 by Gifford Weber
Record Updated:
July 8, 2010 by Lyle Barbato
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August 11, 2006
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This resource is part of 2 Physics Front Topical Units.


Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color

A great Java-based activity to help middle schoolers understand how the three primary colors of light (red, green, and blue) combine to produce multiple colors.  In one simulation, students can adjust the intensity of each color.  In the second, they can add filters to see what happens to the resulting color.  The PhET team created an excellent lesson to go with this simulation.  Find it directly below.

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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color

Interactive Simulation                                                                 Grades 9-12
How do the primary colors of light combine to produce the vast array of colors we perceive?  In this simple, yet elegant simulation, students control three monochromatic lights of varied intensity to produce multiple colors.  They can also add filters and see what colors pass through to the eyes.  The PhET team created a companion assessment/worksheet to go with this simulation.  Find it directly below.

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, Version 1.0 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), WWW Document, (http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/color-vision).
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PhET Simulation: Color Vision, , Version 1.0 (Physics Education Technology Project, Boulder, 2005), <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/color-vision>.
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PhET Simulation: Color Vision. (2006, August 11). Retrieved October 24, 2014, from Physics Education Technology Project: http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/color-vision
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Physics Education Technology Project. PhET Simulation: Color Vision. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, August 11, 2006. http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/color-vision (accessed 24 October 2014).
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PhET Simulation: Color Vision. Vers. 1.0. Boulder: Physics Education Technology Project, 2005. 11 Aug. 2006. 24 Oct. 2014 <http://phet.colorado.edu/en/simulation/color-vision>.
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PhET Simulation: Color Vision:

Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Color Vision (or Seeing Colors)

This is a problem set designed specifically for use with the simulation Color Vision.  Appropriate for use in grades 6-12, it guides students in color addition and subtraction as they use the simulation.

relation by Caroline Hall
Accompanies PhET Teacher Ideas and Activities: Introduction to Light & Color

This is a problem set developed specifically by the PhET team for use with the simulation "Color Vision".  It is appropriate for use in the high school physical science or physics classroom.

relation by Caroline Hall
Is a Student Extra Of Physics Classroom: Color Addition

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