Alpha Scattering Experiment

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A series of free GCSE/IGCSE Physics Notes and Lessons.

Alpha Scattering Experiment
Describe early ideas of the structure of atoms, for example the plum pudding model.
Describe the alpha-scattering experiment which led to the development of the nuclear model of atomic structure.
Describe the discovery of electron energy levels, the proton and the neutron.

Rutherford Gold Foil Experiment
Ernest Rutherford’s famous gold foil experiment involves the scattering of alpha particles as they pass through a thin gold foil.
It led to a better understanding of the structure of atoms.
It’s also known as the Geiger-Marsden experiment, after Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden who performed it under Rutherford’s supervision.

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