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    Who Is Ernest Rutherford?

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    Ernest Rutherford was born in rural Spring Grove, on the South Island of New Zealand on August 30, 1871. He was the fourth of 12 children, and the second son. His father, James, had little education and struggled to support the large family on a flax-miller’s income. Ernest’s mother, Martha, worked as a schoolteacher. She believed that knowledge was power, and placed a strong emphasis on her children’s education. At age of ten at Foxhill School Ernest Rutherford received his first science book. One of project was had many suggested experiments but this one, on using the speed of sound to determine the distance to a firing cannon, this gave him the knowledge to surprise his family by estimating the distance to a lighting flash. Perhaps this book gave him so much inspiration, which inspired him to make a miniature cannon out of a hat peg, a marble and blasting powder. The cannon exploded, but gladly Ernest didn't get injured from this explosion. Ernest Rutherford attended the free state schools through 1886, when he won a scholarship to attend Nelson Collegiate School. In 1890 Rutherford…

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    History of the Theory of Atoms Before the age of modern technology, theories of the atom were still created. Most notably was Democritus who was thought of as being the start of modern science when he first came up with the idea of the atom. It was not until J.J. Thomson changed the way atoms were understood with the discovery of the electron. It was not soon after when Ernst Rutherford disproved Thomson’s model with his gold foil experiment. Finally, Niels Bohr built off Rutherford’s gold foil…

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    what inspired him and what nourished his longing for to learn more. His best subjects were always math and physics. I believe that the support Ernest got for intellectual growth was from his parents is the thing that contributed the most to his study of the atom, and other later accomplishments. Another part of Rutherford's life that may have influenced his interest for the atom is the way that he worked as a research student under JJ Thomson. His work on the molecule Rutherford preformed an…

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    names in the field of science is Ernest Rutherford, who made tremendous contributions to the disciplines of chemistry and physics during the early twentieth century. Every general chemistry or physics textbook describes the work that Rutherford performed and how it has shaped our understanding of atomic structure. However, while the importance of his scientific work is well described, these textbooks make no mention of the personal life of this great scientist. The memoir, Rutherford-…

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    Atomic Theory History

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    only leave black marks on the direct other side of the foil. When Rutherford performed this experiment, he found that there were black marks on the sides of the foil that suggested that it reflected off of the gold foil along with appearing on the other side. With this experiment disproving J.J.’s model, Ernest proposed his own idea. His idea was that all of the positive charge and all of the mass of the atom occupies a rather small volume at the direct center of the atom. Also the most volume…

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    In my Pre-AP Chemistry class, one of the most important lessons that we learned was about the structure of an atom, a model which was proposed by Ernest Rutherford in 1911. Based on his extensive gold foil experiment, Rutherford determined that most of the mass of an atom is concentrated into a compact nucleus, which holds all of the positive charge, and that electrons occupy most of the leftover space (Davidson). While Rutherford’s experiment illustrates the vast discoveries which the natural…

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    Thomson Plum Pudding Model

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    Gold foil experiment or ‘x’ ray scattering experiment conducted by Earnest Rutherford was to list the structure of an atom as suggested by J.J. Thomson. In the experiment, a beam of fast moving alpha particular of positively charged helium ions were passed through a these gold foil. Beyond against his expectation, the X particular passed straight through the foil but some particulars were defected from their patti slightly but a few deflected there large analyses and about 1 in 10,000 V…

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    The famous scientist Ernest Rutherford, better known as the father of nuclear physics, once said that it should be possible to explain the laws of physics to a barmaid. In the book “When the Scientist Presents”, Jean-luc Lebrun answers how to do that by taking us through the journey of Dr. Vladimir Toldoff, a fictional not so good presenter and in the process by providing valuable insights on how to make a memorable, analytical but engaging scientific presentation. The book focusses on the four…

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    Democritus Research Paper

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    Atoms, ions, and isotopes are everything you eat, breathe and see. They are everywhere and everything is made up of them. The first person that aided in the discovery of the atom was Democritus in 400 BC. He is the one that named the atom. The word atom comes from the Greek word atomos which means indivisible. Aristotle which was another flossier in at that same time disagreed with him. He believed that matter could be divide infinitely without changing its properties. At that time more people…

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    Chemistry As Carl Sagan once said, “Chlorine is a deadly poison gas employed on European battlefields in World War I. Sodium is a corrosive metal which burns upon contact with water. Together, they make a placid and non-poisonous substance, table salt. Why each of these substances has the properties it does is a subject called chemistry.” Chemistry involves many things, from atoms to elements and their functions. It is a wide field of science with an extensive early and modern history. It also…

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