The absorption of different wavelengths of light by Chlorophyll
Wavelength (nm)Absorbance of light by chlorophyll
(Arbitrary units)DilutedCalculationNew Reading
Violet4302.3550%2.35 x 23.20
Absorption and reflection of light: Different substances absorb different wavelengths of light in differing amounts. If an object absorbs all the wavelengths of visible light and reflects light in the green part of the spectrum we will see the object as green. If all the wavelengths of visible light are absorbed the object appears black, and if they are all reflected it appears white.
Graph 1: Absorption of light by chlorophyll
Conclusion and Evaluation:
Graph 2Graph 3
Comparing my experimental "absorption of light by chlorophyll" (graph 1) to the above existing graphs (graph 2 and 3), I can notice that they are relatively similar. Very little absorption occurs in the "green" region of the spectrum in both graphs 1 and 2. Graph 2 shows two peaks, one in the violet region (chlorophyll a) and one in the yellow-orange region at around the wavelength 670 nm. Due to the limitations of the colorimeter and its incapability of recording light absorbed by chlorophyll in between wavelengths of 600-700 nm, we did not have a recording for this region and thus no peak is shown. Also, in graph 1 , there is more absoption of yellow light while in graph 2 there I almost none, this can be due to the possibly of chlorophyll used from different plants. The least absorption (graph 1) is in the blue-green' region, proving the leaves we used were dark green color. Chlorophyll does not absorb all the wavelengths of visible light equally. Chlorophyll a, the most...