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ERIC Number: EJ848932
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-9120
What Colour Is a Shadow?
Hughes, S. W.
Physics Education, v44 n3 p292-295 May 2009
What colour is a shadow? Black, grey, or some other colour? This article describes how to use a digital camera to test the hypothesis that a shadow under a clear blue sky has a blue tint. A white sheet of A4 paper was photographed in full sunlight and in shadow under a clear blue sky. The images were analysed using a shareware program called "ImageJ". The average red, green and blue pixel values in a region of interest drawn on a photograph of the paper in sunlight and shadow were 0.3, 0.32, 0.38 and 0.2, 0.3, 0.5 respectively, demonstrating that a shadow under a blue sky has a blue tint. The experiment would be a useful exercise for a science class. (Contains 3 tables, 2 figures and 3 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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