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ASW Science: Is awesome! Date: February 2, 2012 Lab Name: 4.

Light and Colour

Name: Lucas James Period: F Lab # PS 4

Problem 1) What happens to a beam of light when it passes through two or more filters of different colours? 2) What happens to light beams of different colours when they are combined at one spot on a white surface? Hypothesis 1) When a beam of light is passed through multiple (differently coloured) filters, the colours will be mixed and form a new colourunless there are enough filters that no light is permitted to pass through. This prediction is formed via previous experience. 2) As before, beams of different colours will mix and combine into various different secondary colours (as opposed to primary colours). Data Collection/Observation Table 4-2 One light beam and several colored filters
Source of Light: Light passing through filter 1 2 Blue Colorless Blue Blue Blue Green Blue Red Green Red Blue Green Color of light seen on a WHITE Surface Prediction Observation Blue Blue Blue Blue Aquamarine Colourless Purple Colourless Brown Colourless Colourless

3 --------------------------------------------Red

Table 4-5 Colors of multiple overlapped and single beams of filtered light on a white surface
Color of Filters BOAT 1 Blue Blue Blue Blue Red Blue BOAT 2 Colorless Blue Green Red Green Green BOAT 3 -----------------------------------Red Color of light seen on a White Surface when Using Two or three Light Beams Predicted Blue Blue Aquamarine Purple Brown Observed Light blue Blue Aquamarine Pink Yellow Beige? Red, Blue, Yellow?

Summary Questions (Conclusions 1.) a). In table 4-2 how were your predictions different from what you observed? How can you explain the observations? My predictions were different in that I predicted colors when, in fact, no light was released. This is because filters only release certain colours and block othersa red filter only allows red light to pass, so if green light attempts to pass through, it will be blocked. b.). In table 4-5 how were your predictions different from what you observed? How can you explain the observations? Shades of light were significantly different than expected: when I predicted purple light, it gave pink instead. Predicted blue came out light blue. This was perhaps due to light pollution. Another explanation could be that there were imperfect mirrors, filters, or both. The tri-coloured investigation revealed unpredictable results. For each attempt, the resulting light was beige, unmixed, or yellow-blue in colour. I know of no phenomena that could explain this odd behavior. 2.) What is the color of the light from the sources you used in investigating the interaction of different colors of filtered light? What evidence supports your answer? The light produced by the projector was white light. I know this because: 1. When shone on a white piece of paper, the resulting circle of light was white. 2. When shone through a filter, the result was always coloured light rather than no light at all. This shows that all colours were present in the light of the projector, and therefore white. 3. The actual visible spectrum was sometime visible on the fringes of the projector.