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Perimeter Classroom Activity: Rutherford Scattering with Balloons

Perimeter’s Dave Fish demonstrates activities for students to learn more about physics. In this classroom activity, Rutherford scattering is modelled using charged balloons. Electrostatic repulsion can be explored to give insight into the physics behind the gold foil experiment.

Resources about this and other topics can be found at: http://www.perimeterinstitute.ca/outreach.

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