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How does Light Interact with Matter?

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Hunter Holloway

on 29 April 2014

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Transcript of How does Light Interact with Matter?

How does Light Interact with Matter?
Opaque Objects
opaque- cant see through it
light is either reflected or absorbed
table, baseball, tree
Translucent Objects
translucent- materials that transmit light but do not let light travel straight through
objects seen through translucent glass are distorted
plastic bin, water bottle
Transparent Objects
transparent- matter that transmits light
air, water, some types of glass
all light is absorbed
More Examples
Types of Light Interactions
transmission- passing of light through matter
absorption- transfer of light energy to matter
reflection- bouncing of light off a surface
refraction- bending of light through matter
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