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Nuclear Reactions - Rutherford's Alpha Scattering Experiment

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Neat! Show your physics class exactly how Ernest Rutherford fired alpha particles at a piece of gold foil and so determined that most of an atom is composed of empty space. Not just a slide show, but almost an animation, this...
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Representing the Atom: Bohr, Rutherford and Lewis Diagrams

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
What's the best way to draw an atom? Well, that depends on what information you need to convey. Compare and contrast the atomic models of Bohr, Rutherford, and Lewis using a video from the JFR Science series. The resource shows the basis...
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Evidence Revealing the Composition of the Atom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Investigators use indirect evidence to guess what is occupying a sealed box. You could also use a set of plastic Easter eggs to encase the unknown items. Another terrific activity involves having high schoolers drop a pencil on a sheet...
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The Rutherford Atomic Model: Hidden Obstacles

For Students 9th - 12th
Historically, scientists had to be creative to study subatomic structure. Scholars step into their minds to recreate the procedure Rutherford used to create his atomic model. Learners identify the creative efforts of early scientists...
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Chemistry and Physics: History of the Atom (Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr Models)

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How do we know so much about the atom? Explore the evolution of the atomic model through a video from an informative chemistry lessons playlist. The narrator describes how our view of atoms and subatomic particles has changed from...
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Structure of the Atom

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students observe 3 models that show Dalton, Thomson and Rutherford's theories of the structure of the atom. In this structure of the atom lesson plan, students observe each model and write a summary of each theory of the atom.
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History of the Atom Quiz Review

For Students 9th - 12th
In this history of the atom learning exercise, high schoolers answer questions about Thomson's cathode ray apparatus, Rutherford's gold foil experiment and Dalton's beliefs about the atom. Students identify the number of protons,...
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The Discovery of the Atomic Nucleus

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Your host, Dr. Brian Cox, calls Ernest Rutherford the first proper particle physicist. He uses tennis balls to demonstrate what happened when Rutherford's students fired particles at a sheet of gold. Rutherford was able to deduce that...
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Atomic Models

For Teachers 8th - 10th
Your students should enjoy this slideshow which includes some basic definitions about the atomic structure of atoms. In fact, this presentation would be best-viewed before giving details and diagrams of neutrons, protons and quarks. The...
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Understanding the Rutherford Model

For Students 9th - 12th
In this Rutherford model worksheet, students read about Rutherford's experiment with gold foil and alpha particles which led to the discovery of subatomic particles. Students answer six analysis questions about the experiment and...
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Concentrating Charge and Electric Fields

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
How did Rutherford determine that the nucleus was the center of an atom? Take a look inside the famous Gold Foil Experiment with an interesting interactive. Learners fire a beam of alpha particles at a nucleus containing variable...
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Inside an Atom

For Students 9th - 12th
In this atom worksheet, students read about the history of the discovery of the atom. Students write a story, poem, song or other creative project in which they shrink to an incredibly small size and are trapped in a carbon atom.
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Nuclear Reactions Answers to Questions

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Written to accompany another slide show available through our site, the information here gives the history and trivia connected to nuclear decay research. This slide show concentrates on the definitions and theory of nuclear fission and...
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Rutherfordium

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
Physicist Ernest Rutherford might have hated chemistry, but we love his contribution to science! Rutherford won the Nobel Prize in chemistry. Viewers learn about this interesting man through a look at his personal photos, research, and...
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Worksheet 4-1 Atomic Spectra

For Teachers 10th - 12th
In this atomic spectra worksheet, students answer eighteen questions about wavelengths of light, the emission spectrum, energy of photons, the frequency of electromagnetic radiation and electrons in the excited state.
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Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Light and Quantum

For Students 9th - 12th
This is a stellar overview of everything light and quantum! There are 30 multiple choice questions, none of them requiring any mathematical computation. There are a few diagrams to analyze: light rays striking reflective and refractive...
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The History of Atomic Chemistry

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Take a historic view of our knowledge of atoms with a video that explores the discoveries of many scientists including Leucippus, Democritus, Rutherford, Bohr, Heisenburg, and more. 
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Activity Three -- Rutherford's Discovery (Student Page ) A Lab Experiment in Physics

For Students 9th - 11th
This discovery student page offers students an opportunity to work as a team to discover the shape of an object they cannot see. It is an experiment which parallels particle physicists dilemma in not being able to see very small...
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The 2,400-Year Search for the Atom

For Students 5th - 12th Standards
From ancient Greek philosophers to early American Quakers, people have sought to understand the composition of matter for millennia. Follow along with this video as it explores the long scientific journey that eventually led to the...
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Review Models of the Atom

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Multiple representations of the varying theories of atomic structure. With these pictures and some background of the theories and scientific figures surrounding them, your class will develop a better understanding of scientific history...
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Review for Chemistry

For Students 8th - 11th
In this review for chemistry activity, students decide if given statements are true or false. Students relate information learned about introductory knowledge gained in chemistry to accurately answer the given questions.
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The Bohr-Rutherford Model of the Atom

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
In this atom model instructional activity, students explore how scientists developed the Bohr-Rutherford atom model. Students complete 15 fill in the blank statements.
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Particles and Waves: The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics

For Students 10th - Higher Ed Standards
Help young physicists make a quantum leap in their understanding of matter with this short instructional video. Tracing the early work of Max Planck, Albert Einstein, and others, this resource explains the science behind the amazing fact...
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Development of Atomic Theory: An Introduction

For Students 9th - Higher Ed Standards
The atom has come a long, long way! From its early days as a ball of goo that exhibited the same properties as the whole it was part of, to the tiny sphere we know today, atomic theory has truly evolved. Explore these changes with an...

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