S3 colour mixing

We’ve moved from looking at forming a black & white image on a tv screen to creating a colour picture.  I found a clever simulation that may help you to understand how coloured light is produced by mixing together different quantities of the three primary light colours.  Click on the image below to go to the site.  Use the red, green and blue sliders to adjust the colour that the man sees.

how a picture tube works

Today we looked at the way in which a tv set produces a picture.  We used the Maltese cross tube to produce the effect shown in this photograph.

  • Can you explain why there are two shadows of the Maltese cross on the screen?
  • What evidence can you remember from the lesson to justify your explanation?

Then we moved on to the Perrin tube.  This allowed us to scan the electron beam across the painted end of the tube using the magnetic field of two Helmholtz coils.  Here is the video clip we recorded at the time.

raster scan from mr mackenzie on Vimeo.

  • Why is the scanning pattern shown in this video different from the scan used in a tv set?

S3 Colour TV

We’ve been talking about colour tv in class and I found a few items you might want to look at. First of all, the website I used in class is available here and there is further information on combining colours here.

There is also a helpful animation of the shadow mask that stops the three electron beams from reaching the wrong phosphor dots.

shadow mask in a colour tv