Gold foil experiment represented by sophomore chemistry classes

Joanne Chavali, News editor

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  • Mrs. Driver moves the "nucleus," represented by the bowling ball, into the center of the lab.

  • Mrs. Bradshaw explains the lab to her students.

  • Sophomore Sid Wahi's shot comes too short.

  • Avantika Bhaduri throws her "alpha particle" represented by the tennis ball.

  • Sophomores aim for the bowling ball in hopes of representing Rutherford's gold foil experiment.

  • First shot by Mrs. Driver's class flies true and hits the bowling ball.

  • In Rutherford's original experiment alpha particles were shot at a thin gold sheet.

  • In chemistry class they hope to recreate the 1911 experiment.

  • Only five students in both classes manage to hit the bowling ball.

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