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written by Michael Davidson and Matthew J. Parry-Hill
published by the Olympus America, Inc. and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory
This item is a Java simulation relating to the three primary subtractive colors of light (cyan, magenta, and yellow.) These three colors, also called the complementary colors of light, are produced by mixing pairs of the three primary additive colors of light (red, green, blue). The simulation consists of yellow, magenta, and cyan-colored circles that can be overlaid and combined by the user in pairs or all together. It explains why combining all three produces black light (the absence of color) and demonstrates what happens when any two are mixed.
This item is part of a larger collection of materials on optics and microscopy developed by the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory. SEE RELATED MATERIALS LINKS on this page for a comprehensive tutorial on the primary colors of light, and for a companion Java simulation on the RGB primary colors.
Please note that this resource requires Java.
This resource is part of a Physics Front Topical Unit.
Topic: Nature and Behavior of Light
Unit Title: Visible Light and Color
The complementary colors (cyan, yellow, and magenta) are also commonly referred to as the primary subtractive colors because each can be formed by subtracting one of the primary additives (red, green, and blue) from white light. This tutorial explores how the three primary subtractive colors interact with each other, both in pairs or all together. Interestingly, when all three are mixed, the result is black (the absence of light). We recommend introducing this tutorial after the simulation directly above on primary additive colors.Link to Unit:
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Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics & You - Primary Subtractive Colors:
Covers the Same Topic As Optical Microscopy Primer: Primary Additive Colors
A companion Java simulation on the primary additive colors of light: red, green and blue (RGB). The applet shows what happens when you mix RGB in pairs -- the complementary colors are produced. Combine all three and white light is the result. The format of this simulation is the same; both are appropriate for grades 6-12.relation by Caroline Hall
Is Part Of Molecular Expressions: Science, Optics & You - Light and Color
This page is the full index of materials by the same authors on Light and Color. It contains tutorials on electromagnetic radiation, properties of light, reflection, refraction, diffraction, human vision, light filtration, and polarization of light. It also links to more than 25 related Java simulations.relation by Bruce Mason
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