In Rutherford’s experiment, generally the thin foil of heavy atoms, like gold, platinum etc. have been used to be bombarded by the α-particles. If the thin foil of light atoms like aluminium etc. is used, what difference would be observed from the above results ?





Q.40:- In Rutherford’s experiment, generally the thin foil of heavy atoms, like gold, platinum etc. have been used to be bombarded by the α-particles. If the thin foil of light atoms like aluminium etc. is used, what difference would be observed from the above results ?

 

 

Answer:-
Heavy atoms have nucleus carrying  large amount of positive charge. Therefor, some α-particles will easily deflected back. Also a number of α-particles are deflected through small angles because of large positive charge.
If light atoms are used, their nuclei will have small positive charge, hence the number of α-particles getting deflected even through small angles will be negligible.