What is the Blackest Black?

Is there really more than one black? Although your crayon box may tell you otherwise, some blacks are, well, blacker than others! Discover the cutting-edge technology at work to produce the blackest black possible with a video from the American Chemical Society's Reactions series. Topics include how our eyes determine colors, uses for super-black coatings, and the blackness of black holes.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • The video works well with lessons on visible light, color, or technology
  • Pause the video when it shows samples of the blackest black to allow the class to see the difference between it and ordinary black-colored items
Classroom Considerations

  • Try putting a diagram of the electromagnetic spectrum on the board to give pupils some reference during the video
Pros

  • The content is intriguing and presented in an upbeat manner
  • Explanation of how color is perceived is spot-on
Cons

  • None
Common Core