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What was the point of Rutherford's experiment?

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Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment proved the existance of a small massive center to atoms, which would later be known as the nucleus of an atom. Ernest Rutherford, Hans Geiger and Ernest Marsden carried out their Gold Foil Experiment to observe the effect of alpha particles on matter.
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Discovery of the Nucleus: Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment



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