Why rainbows aren't pink

Robert E. Parks

Color perception is a prime candidate for an optics lesson because children are keenly aware of colors and often already curious about them. If white is a combination of all colors, why do you get a muddy brown when you mix all the paints in your paintbox? Why do people talk about "all the colors in the rainbow" when pink and mint green aren't found in rainbows at all?

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Publish Date: 01 February 1990

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