Describe Rutherford's nuclear model of the atom. What was revolutionary about his model?

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asked May 11, 2012 in General Chemistry by Gummmys ~Expert~ (1,105 points)

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Rutherford's Nuclear Model has three basic ideas:

1. Most of the atom's mass and all of its positive charges are conatined withing a small core known as the nucleus.

2. The majority of the volume of an atom is empty space, which contains electrons throughout it.

3. The negative electrons and the positive protons are equal and number, so the atom is electrically neutral

It was revolutionary because it disproved the plum-pudding model, refer to this link for more info:


answered May 11, 2012 by yoshi ~Expert~ (919 points)
selected May 11, 2012 by Gummmys