# Why do we use thin gold foil?

## Why do we use thin gold foil?

For the scattering experiment, Rutherford wanted a metal sheet which could be as thin as possible. Gold is the most malleable of all known metals. It can easily be converted into very thin sheets. Hence, Rutherford selected a gold foil for his alpha-ray scattering experiment.

## What was most notable about Rutherford’s gold foil scattering experiment?

Rutherford’s Gold Foil Experiment proved the existance of a small massive center to atoms, which would later be known as the nucleus of an atom. This caused them to conclude that there was a small fraction of the total volume of the atom that held most of the mass of the atom.

What are the observations and conclusion of Rutherford experiment?

Observations of Rutherford’s Alpha Scattering Experiment The observations made by Rutherford led him to conclude that: A major fraction of the α-particles bombarded towards the gold sheet passed through it without any deflection, and hence most of the space in an atom is empty.

### What are the limitations of Rutherford model?

This atomic model failed to explain stability of atoms. According to the model, electrons revolve around the positively charged nucleus. It’s not possible for a long run as we know atoms are stable while any particle in a circular orbit would undergo acceleration.

### What is the conclusion of Rutherford theory?

The main conclusions of Rutherford’s experiment : Most of the space inside the atom is empty. Therefore, most of the α-particles went through the gold foil without deflecting from their path. There is a positive tiny part in the atom in its centre, which deflects or repels the α-particles.

What were the conclusion of Rutherford’s alpha particle scattering experiment?

Conclusion of Rutherford’s scattering experiment: Most of the space inside the atom is empty because most of the α-particles passed through the gold foil without getting deflected. Very few particles were deflected from their path, indicating that the positive charge of the atom occupies very little space.

## Why do atoms have no overall charge?

Every atom has no overall charge (neutral). This is because they contain equal numbers of positive protons and negative electrons. These opposite charges cancel each other out making the atom neutral.

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