Why were most alpha particles in the gold foil scattering experiment not deflected?
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- 14-11-2017 22:02
- 14-11-2017 22:13
Most of the gold atoms is a vacuum so goes straight through. The ones that are deflected are because the the positive nucleus repels the alpha particles
- 16-11-2017 12:00
The alpha particles are only deflected by the positive charge in the nucleus, so they can pass straight through the gaps between the nuclei of atoms in the foil, as they are not repelled.