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Observations on the Absorbency


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In AP Chem, my schoolmates and were using a colorimeter to measure the absorbency of certain concentrations of a colored solution. I notice how any color of light, except for the color of the solution, would be absorbed an amount proportional to the amount of solute disassociated in solution. I wondered why this was? A red solution would absorb blue or green spectrum of light but not red light, in fact from the reading of the colorimeter it would seem that an incarnadine solution would emit red light, give us a negative absorbency constant.  A relevant bit of information would come from the fact that a perfectly white-colored object may reflect all incoming light and a perfectly red colored object would reflect only red light and a dark object would absorb all incoming light. Imagine a ruddy colored mineral, if a blue or green light shone on it the mineral would appear nearly black because it absorbs the light spectrum however if a red light shone on its face it would appear as a brighter red. This was a revelation that occurred to me late Friday during that lab and I would hope that it proffers someone, somewhere some insight into the nature of light. @BrandyBoy72

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