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Ernest Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment: Physics Lab

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What is the Plum Pudding Model?

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1. What were the conclusions of Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment?

2. What did Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment involve?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

With this quiz and accompanying worksheet, you will get a more detailed understanding of Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment and the structure of the atom. Topics in the quiz include defining the plum pudding model of the atom, recalling the experimental set up of Rutherford's experiment, and identifying conclusions drawn from Rutherford's work.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In these assessments you will be tested on your knowledge of:

  • The Plum Pudding model of the atom
  • How Rutherford successfully constructed his Gold Foil experiment and the materials he used
  • How Rutherford drew conclusions regarding the structure of the atom
  • The molecular structure of the atom that Rutherford hypothesized

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz let you practice the following skills:

  • Making connections - understand the concept of Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment and how he was able to draw conclusions using it
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the Gold Foil Experiment and interpret it correctly
  • Defining key concepts- ensure that you can accurately define main phrases such as Plum Pudding Model and Gold Foil Experiment
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge of the Gold Foil Experiment to answer questions about why particles were reflected

Additional Learning

To learn more about this experiment, review the corresponding lesson called Ernest Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment. This lesson covers the following topics:

  • Definition of the Plum Pudding model
  • The experimental set up of the Gold Foil Experiment
  • Conclusions drawn from the Gold Foil Experiment
  • Hypothesis regarding the structure of the atom based upon data from the Gold Foil Experiment
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