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Ernest Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment - Atomic Structure

1. What was remarkable about the structure of the atom suggested by the Geiger–Marsden (Rutherford) experiments?
2. What is it about the nature of the neutron that made it the last of the particles to be discovered?

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    1. They showed that the atoms are largely empty space with most of the mass concentrated in a very small nucleus
    2. The neutron is an uncharged particle making it difficult to be deflected or disrupted by other charged particles.

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