The Mystery of How All Colors Combine to Create White

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In summary, the scientific explanation for how all colors combine to create white is based on the concept of additive color mixing, where different colored lights are combined resulting in the perception of white light. This theory was first proposed by Sir Isaac Newton in the 17th century and later confirmed by other scientists. Our eyes contain three types of color-sensitive cells called cones, which are stimulated equally when all the wavelengths of light are present, creating the perception of white light. Additive color mixing is different from subtractive color mixing, which involves combining pigments or dyes. Theoretically, all colors can be combined to create white, but in practice, this may not always be possible due to limitations in technology and the properties of light.
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Hello, the question is above...now all I know is that all the colors combine to make white.

Can you help?

Thanks
 
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...?

http://hypertextbook.com/physics/waves/color/
 
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Distinguish between the white of this page and the black of this ink in terms of what happens to the white light that falls on both.
 
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Well I don't have any technical physics experience with color.
But I don't think the colors "combine", I think it all has to do with reflection and absorption.
Anyway that link may still help you.
 

Related to The Mystery of How All Colors Combine to Create White

What is the scientific explanation for how all colors combine to create white?

The scientific explanation for how all colors combine to create white is based on the concept of additive color mixing. This means that when different colored lights are combined, the wavelengths of light are added together, resulting in the perception of white light. This is known as the additive color model, and it is used in technologies such as computer screens and projectors.

How did scientists discover that all colors combine to create white?

The idea of all colors combining to create white was first proposed by Sir Isaac Newton in the 17th century. Through his experiments with prisms and the study of light, he discovered that white light is actually made up of all the colors of the rainbow. This theory was later confirmed by other scientists through various experiments and observations.

Why do we see white when all colors are combined?

We see white when all colors are combined because our eyes contain three types of color-sensitive cells called cones. These cones are stimulated by different wavelengths of light, which are then processed by our brain to create the perception of color. When all the wavelengths of light are present, our cones are stimulated equally and the brain interprets this as white light.

What is the difference between additive and subtractive color mixing?

Additive color mixing, as mentioned earlier, involves combining different colored lights to create white light. On the other hand, subtractive color mixing involves combining pigments or dyes to create different colors by absorbing certain wavelengths of light and reflecting others. This is the basis for the traditional color wheel that artists use.

Can all colors be combined to create white?

Theoretically, yes, all colors can be combined to create white. However, in practice, this is not always possible due to limitations in technology and the properties of light. For example, mixing all the colors of light used in computer screens will result in a slightly off-white color, while mixing pigments in art may result in a muddy brown instead of pure white.

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