Ernest Rutherford Teacher Resources
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Nuclear Reactions - Rutherford's Alpha Scattering Experiment
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...
Representing the Atom: Bohr, Rutherford and Lewis Diagrams
7 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Chemistry and Physics: History of the Atom (Dalton, Thomson, Rutherford, and Bohr Models)
7 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Activity Three -- Rutherford's Discovery (Student Page ) A Lab Experiment in Physics
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...
Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Light and Quantum
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...
The 2,400-Year Search for the Atom
5 mins 5th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Development of Atomic Theory: An Introduction
8 mins 9th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
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...
Particles and Waves: The Central Mystery of Quantum Mechanics
5 mins 10th - Higher Ed CCSS: Adaptable
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...