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Nuclear Physics The atom and its nucleus. Discovery of the nuclear atom 1909-Geiger and Marsden, working under Rutherford Scattering of alpha particles.

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1 Nuclear Physics The atom and its nucleus

2 Discovery of the nuclear atom 1909-Geiger and Marsden, working under Rutherford Scattering of alpha particles shot at a thin gold foil Alpha particle 4x mass of H atom Alpha particles-emitted when unstable elements decay Used radon – source of alpha particle

3 Rutherford, Geiger, and Marsden Found that sometimes alpha particles were detected at very large scattering angles This couldnt be understood in terms of the prevailing model Thomson

4 Geiger-Marsden-Rutherford experiment Deflection indicative of enormous force of repulsion between alpha particle and carrier of positive charge of atom Positive charge resided on a tiny object Alpha particle could approach + charge at a small d, and the Coulomb force of repulsion, would be enormous

5 Rutherford model Massive, positively charged nucleus Electrons orbited nucleus Force keeping electrons in orbit Electrical force between negative electron charge and positive nuclear charge Couldnt explain why matter is stable, i.e. why atoms exist

6 Bohr model Examined hydrogen Realized electron could exist in certain specific states of definite energy, without radiating away energy Electron lose energy when makes transition from one state to a lower Emitted energy is difference between states Evidence-emission and absorption spectra

7 Spectra Normal conditions-lowest energy level Atoms excited higher level As soon as they do, transition back down to lower state Energy allows wavelength of emitted light to be calculated

8 Spectra Emission spectrum set of wavelengths of light emitted by the atoms of an element Send a light of specific wavelength through an atom Doesnt correspond to any of the wavelengths Light transmitted without absorption

9 Nuclear Structure Protons and neutrons # of protons is Z (atomic number) Protons + neutrons = mass (A) Electric charge is Z IeI # of neutrons N= A-Z Nucleon Proton or neutron

10 Isotopes Nuclei that have the same number of protons, but different number of neutrons Same number of electrons Identical chemical properties, different physical Mass spectrometer

11 Forces within the nucleus Nucleons bound by nuclear force Attractive force Stronger than electrical force if separation between 2 nucleons is small Larger separation-small force Nuclear radius R = 1.2 A 1/3 x m A is total number of p and n

12 Forces within the nucleus Weak nuclear force Responsible for decay of a neutron into a proton Called beta decay


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