Materials Science and Engineering: An Introduction

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ISBN 10: 1118324579
ISBN 13: 978-1-11832-457-8

Chapter 21 - Optical Properties - Questions and Problems - Page 866: 21.2


Whether a material is opaque, translucent, or transparent depends on its absorption/transmission of light.

Work Step by Step

Opaque materials absorb incident light and do not transmit, meaning you cannot see through them. Transparent materials transmit light through them, which is why it's possible to see through them. Translucent materials are an intermediate, but while they transmit light through them, they scatter this light such that any objects that you look at through them are often not clearly resolved.
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