Color Science

The science of color can be befuddling to even the brightest students. Even after formal instruction, learners often still believe that color is an intrinsic property of an object. It's not. Color is a perception created by our eyes and our brains in response to light being emitted or reflected by an object. It's a complex process involving interaction of light with our eyes, as well as sensory processes occurring in our neural pathways. Our aim in this AAPT Digi Kit is to help teachers introduce multimedia resources to demystify the conundrum of color through hands-on explorations, digital models of color addition and subtraction, simulations of color filters and tint mixing, and real-life connections to uses of color technologies.