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Video: Color Mixing and Filters Color & Optics Activities for Middle School

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Watch how the three primary colors of light add in different combinations variety of colors including white. Next colored filters are used to show how objects appear under different colors of light. While you could memorize all of the different combinations, how much easier to learn the logic of how the colors combine. These two different lab explorations can be used alone or in tandem, depending on your equipment and needs.

TOPICS ADDRESSED
• Color mixing (additive and subtractive)
• How our eyes see color
• Why objects are the color they are

SOME OF THE SKILLS AND TASKS INVOLVED:
• Use pigments to show subtractive color mixing.
• Use colored lights/filters to show additive color mixing.
• Deduce the color an object will appear depending on its color and the color of the illuminating light.

OTHER RESOURCES
These experiments are part of a complete unit, titled, Light, Optics, & Color and can be seen here: Complete Unit: Light, Optics, & Color

To see the companion curricular piece click here:
Color Mixing & Filters

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