ERIC Number: EJ271778
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 1982-Nov
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Some Misunderstandings about Millikan's Oil Drop Experiment.
Castellion, Mary E.; Bailar, John C., Jr.
Journal of Chemical Education, v59 n11 p970 Nov 1982
Clarifies misunderstanding of Millikan's experiment measuring charge on electrons. Most books describing the experiment indicate ionization of air in the apparatus caused liberation of electrons, and that these electrons were picked up by oil droplets. However, in Millikan's discussion, it is stated clearly that ions were attached to oil droplets. (Author/JN)
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
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