Exploring atoms: atom structure

TLF ID L2562

See how scientists such as Ernest Rutherford have investigated the structure of atoms. Explore possible models. Fire charged particles at atoms and find which model best fits the results. This learning object is one in a series of six objects. Three of the objects are also packaged as a combined learning object.



Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the importance of the Rutherford experiments in the development of atomic theory.
  • Students choose the best model to explain the results of a particle experiment.
Educational value
  • Introduces subatomic particles and the internal structure of atoms.
  • Includes a simulation of a Rutherford experiment using particles.
  • Provides alternative models to interpret the observed results of a particle experiment.
  • Provides background information about Ernest Rutherford and his experimental equipment.
  • Places Ernest Rutherford’s discoveries in historical context.
Year level

9; 10

Learning area
  • science
Strand
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science understanding
Strand
  • Science/Science as a human endeavour
  • Science/Science understanding
    Concept
    • Science/Models
    • Science/Molecules
    • Science/Elements
    • Science/Chemical bonds
    • Science/Chemical formulas
    • Science/Chemical symbols
    • Science/Atoms
    Skill
    • Knowledge;
    • Comprehension;
    • Application;
    • Analysis
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    Contributors
    • Script writer
    • Name: Erica Dale
    • Organisation: Tungaroo Software
    • Address: Manly NSW 2095 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Graham Coghill
    • Address: Marcus Beach QLD 4573 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Denis Goodrum
    • Organisation: Australian National University
    • Address: Canberra ACT 0200 Australia
    • URL: http://www.anu.edu.au/
    • Technical implementer
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 2016-12-18
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 AUSTRALIA
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    • Copyright holder
    • Date of contribution: 2016-12-18
    • Name: Education Services Australia
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: AUSTRALIA
    • URL: www.esa.edu.au
    • Remarks: Education Services Australia
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Tablet friendly (Interactive resource)
    Browsers
    • any - minimum version: Microsoft Edge (Windows); Default Android Browser
    • Google Chrome - minimum version: 35+ (Windows, macOS, Android)
    • Firefox - minimum version: 45+ (Windows & Mac)
    • ms-internet explorer - minimum version: 10+ (Windows)
    • Safari - minimum version: 7+ (Mac); Safari for iOS 9+ (iOS)
    Operating systems
    • ms-windows - minimum version: Vista+
    • macos - minimum version: 10.9+
    • ios - minimum version: 9+
    • android - minimum version: 5+
    Rights
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2016, except where indicated under Acknowledgements. Unless otherwise indicated, this material may be used in accordance with the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International (CC BY 4.0) licence creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/.