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Light and Color Glossary

A

absorbed
soak up
atmosphere
the air around the earth

C

complement
to make complete
complementary colors
color that when used together enhance each other
concentrated
to make denser or stronger

E

electromagnetic spectrum
the range of all light waves visible and invisible

F

focused
a point at which light meets together

I

images
pictures or objects
indigo
another name for purple
interference
getting in the way

L

lasers
a single wave of light or beam of photons
lenses
an optical devise that focuses light

M

microscopes
a tool that magnifies objects for study

O

opaque
light will not pass through
optical illusions
an image that deceives reality

P

perceived
observed or saw
photons
particles of light
pinpoint
a tiny spot
primary colors
red, yellow and blue
prisms
triangular crystals that disperse light waves

R

reflected light
light which bounces off of a surface
refracted light
light which bends in such a way to distort the image

S

scatters
to distribute irregularly
secondary colors
orange, green and violet (purple)
surgery
operation

T

telescopes
a tool that makes objects far away appear to be closer
translucent
an object that allows light to pass through but scatters the light
transparent
an object that allows light to pass through without scattering the light

V

vacuum
a space filled with nothing, not even air
vertical
upright
visible light
light that can be seen

W

wavelengths
distance between one point on a wave and the same point on the following wave
white light
light that contains all the visible wavelengths

X

x-rays
short wavelengths that can penetrate solids

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