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Offline OldMan

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Why do wet clothes look darker?
« on: 07/04/2004 04:37:00 »
Someone asked the other day why wet clothes are darker than when they are dry. I just gave a quick answer something like the light can't reflect as well as it can when they are wet not really putting any thought into it. But it got me curious as to what real reason is would it be anything along those lines or completely different?

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Re: Why do wet clothes look darker?
« Reply #1 on: 08/04/2004 22:56:15 »
Here's my theory:

The water makes a microscopic layer on the fabric.  This makes a boundary that the light has to penetrate before reaching the fabric.  Then after the light reflects off the fabric, it has to pass through the water again.  At the boundary with the air, the light is partially reflected back toward the fabric and more is absorbed.  So, between what is scattered from the surface of the water in the first place, and what is "caught" in the layer of water, more light is absorbed than is normally the case.  Thus the surface appears darker.

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Re: Why do wet clothes look darker?
« Reply #2 on: 08/04/2004 22:56:15 »
Here's my theory:

The water makes a microscopic layer on the fabric.  This makes a boundary that the light has to penetrate before reaching the fabric.  Then after the light reflects off the fabric, it has to pass through the water again.  At the boundary with the air, the light is partially reflected back toward the fabric and more is absorbed.  So, between what is scattered from the surface of the water in the first place, and what is "caught" in the layer of water, more light is absorbed than is normally the case.  Thus the surface appears darker.

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Re: Why do wet clothes look darker?
« Reply #3 on: 11/03/2011 06:24:43 »
I agree with you ,you are very good.
 

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