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written by Michael Davidson, Kenneth R. Spring, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Robert Sutter
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a Java simulation that illustrates what happens when the primary additive colors of light (red, green, and blue) are mixed in any combination.  It consists of a red, green, and blue circle that can be overlaid and combined by the user in either pairs or all together.  It explains why the combination of red, green, and blue produces white light and also demonstrates how the three complementary colors of light (cyan, yellow, and magenta) are produced by mixing the primary colors in pairs.

This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory and Florida State University.  SEE RELATED MATERIALS on this page for a comprehensive tutorial on the primary colors of light and human color vision.

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- Color
= Synthesis and Analysis of Color
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RGB colors, Simulations, additive colors, color, color perception, light, optics, tutorial
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Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color

The colors red, green, and blue are classically considered the primary colors of light because they are fundamental to human vision. All other colors of the visible light spectrum can be produced by adding different combinations of these three colors. This Java simulation lets students move and overlay three circles colored red, green, and blue.  Combine any two and produce the complementary colors of light (cyan, magenta, and yellow).  Combine all three and the result is white light.  We suggest introducing this simulation alongside the one directly below on subtractive (complementary) colors.

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M. Davidson, K. Spring, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter, (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), WWW Document, (http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/primarycolors/additiveprimaries/index.html).
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M. Davidson, K. Spring, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter, Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorial - Primary Additive Colors (Olympus America, Inc., Center Valley, 2002), <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/primarycolors/additiveprimaries/index.html>.
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Davidson, M., Spring, K., Parry-Hill, M., & Sutter, R. (2008, February 9). Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorial - Primary Additive Colors. Retrieved September 1, 2014, from Olympus America, Inc.: http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/primarycolors/additiveprimaries/index.html
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Davidson, M, K. Spring, M. Parry-Hill, and R. Sutter. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorial - Primary Additive Colors. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., February 9, 2008. http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/primarycolors/additiveprimaries/index.html (accessed 1 September 2014).
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Davidson, Michael, Kenneth R. Spring, Matthew J. Parry-Hill, and Robert Sutter. Molecular Expressions: Interactive Java Tutorial - Primary Additive Colors. Center Valley: Olympus America, Inc., 2002. 9 Feb. 2008. 1 Sep. 2014 <http://micro.magnet.fsu.edu/primer/java/primarycolors/additiveprimaries/index.html>.
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Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Optical Microscopy Primer - Primary Colors

This is a comprehensive tutorial on primary colors, human perception of color, and physiology of the eye that enables color vision.

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