What are the primary colors?I am pretty sure that they are magenta, yellow, and cyan but on my science quiz it said that was wrong.  Thanks!

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marilynn07 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Magenta, yellow and cyan are what are used in photography to achieve the primary colors which are red, yellow, and blue.  The colors magenta, yellow and cyan are also the colored light rays used to give you a television picture.  Your answer was partly correct, but probably not what your teacher was expecting.

If you have the color spectrum, remember that  white light can be broken into a spectrum giving you the rainbow. ROY G. BIV is an acronym for each of the colors. (Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet)  Red, Yellow, and Blue are the primary colors. Orange is a combination of red and yellow. Green is a combination of yellow and blue, and violet is a combination of blue and red.

If you mix all of the colors together in paint on canvas, you will achieve black.

krishna-agrawala | Student

Primary colors are three colors which can be mixed in different proportions to produce any other color, These three primary colors are red, yellow and blue. When primary colors are mixed in groups, they are called secondary colours.

When the three primary colors are mixed in equal quantities they produce black color, and when light of these three colors of equal intensity is mixed, it produces white light.

mathlost42 | Student

The primary colors are magenta, yellow, and cyan.  Did it say the basic primary colors?  They are red, yellow, and blue.  Maybe your teacher made a mistake!  Mix all of those you get white light.  if you unfocus them to a lens you get black. 

ninadziedzic | Student

Red, green and blue are the three primary colours, which are a group of colours that if in mixed in different proportions will make practically every single visible colour. They can not be made from other colours as they are the base of other colours.

Primary colours are widely spaced on the spectrum and when they are mixed together they make white, which is called additive colour mixing.

When two colours are mixed to make white, they are called complimentary colours. The complimentary colours for the primary colours are cyan, magenta and yellow respectively. So for example when red and cyan are mixed they make white.

When these secondary colours are mixed they make black, which is called subtractive colour mixing. Subtractive systems such as ink in printers use cyan, magenta and yellow, as they are mixed in different quantities and together make black.