Rutherford’s Model of the atom

Rutherford’s Experiment (animation)

Crash Course: The history of atomic theory



Assignment:  Write a 1 page (minimum) essay on the history of the atomic theory. Include a timeline of the 3 most important scientific discoveries that led to Rutherford’s experiment and identify the scientists or philosophers who made these contributions.

Describe Rutherford’s experiment – this can be in words or an annotated diagram. Describe what Rutherford expected to find and why (what model of the atom was Rutherford trying demonstrate?)  Describe what Rutherford actually observed.  State Rutherford’s conclusion and discuss how Rutherford’s model of the atom is supported by his experimental results.

This essay may be hand written or printed or typed.