In the reading selection below, taken from a lecture delivered in 1920, Rutherford begins by recounting the results of these gold-foil experiments. He seems particularly interested in determining the size of the atomic nucleus, and the strength of the forces which act in its vicinity. He clearly has an eye toward determining whether atomic nuclei might possibly be broken apart by hitting them hard enough. He then proceeds to describe a new set of experiments in which he attempted to do just that. What was his experimental technique? Was he successful in splitting the atom?
Atomic Nucleus Atomic Number Boron Nitride Helium Atom Titanium Nitride
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