Colorimetry: Why use complementary colour?

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OK so my colour-physics is not so good...

I need to know why we use the complementary colour to that of the solution being tested for colorimetry.

Also, are there any units of absorption?

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I just set out to answer this and then realised i didnt really know the answer lol...

So you have a sample in a cuvette, white light is striking the sample and some of it being absorbed. The remaining frequencies are transmitted and are what gives the solution its colour. If a solution is blue, then it is absorbing orange light. By using an orange filter you're only letting orange light hit the sample... so perhaps the sensor sensitivity is somehow improved by only allowing frequencies which will show a level of absorption through. i.e. if all the frequencies(except orange) were hitting it it'd be harder to measure variations.

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Using the filter which is a complementary colour to the solution being tested means the only colour of light being absorbed or transmitted by the solution is the one which is most strongly absorbed, making it easier to measure the concentration of the solution.
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(Original post by sharpyt_14)
Using the filter which is a complementary colour to the solution being tested means the only colour of light being absorbed or transmitted by the solution is the one which is most strongly absorbed, making it easier to measure the concentration of the solution.
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What colour of the calorimeter filter should be used when using a red coloured sample?
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What colour of the calorimeter filter should be used when using a red coloured sample?
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what is this??
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what is this??
The complementary colour wheel.

Just go to the opposite side of the wheel to find the complementary colour.
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What would happen if you used the same colour filter as your solution?
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