Opaque, Transparent, and Translucent Materials

What is the difference between transparent and translucent?

Transparent media such as air, water, glass, and clear plastic allow light to pass through the material. Rays of light are either not bent or closely spaced rays are bent together. Translucent materials, on the other hand, allow light to pass through, but bend closely-spaced rays into different directions. For example, frosted glass and thin paper are translucent because they let light through, but are not transparent because you cannot see clearly through them.


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