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ERIC Number: EJ944670
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Oct
Pages: 5
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8555
Secret in the Margins: Rutherford's Gold Foil Experiment
Aydin, Sevgi; Hanuscin, Deborah L.
Science Teacher, v78 n7 p56-60 Oct 2011
In this article, the authors describe a lesson that uses the 5E Learning Cycle to help students not only understand the atomic model but also how Ernest Rutherford helped develop it. The lesson uses Rutherford's gold foil experiment to focus on three aspects of the nature of science: the empirical nature of science, the tentativeness of scientific knowledge, and the distinction between observation and inference. (Contains 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: High Schools
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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