This simulation/animation (1 of a set of 21) was designed to provide your students with a clearer understanding of various conceptual ideas in Chemistry, Physics, and General Science. The animations/simulations can be purchased individually or as a bundled set (see my store at PinnacleScience for significant savings).
As a veteran Chemistry and Physics teacher, I sought to construct a simple and useful (for students and teachers) set of computer animations/ simulations intended to provide my own students with a clear mental image of the many abstract concepts found in science. Through a combination of multimedia files and supporting documentation (including answer keys), this program has been successful throughout dozens of school districts and hundreds of individual students.
“RUTHERFORD'S EXPERIMENT” is composed of an exceptionally easy-to-use computer animation and accompanying workbook. Teachers have found success using the simulation as an effective teaching tool on classroom computers, SmartBoards, and in computer labs. Individual students have used this simulation on home computers to help clarify classroom lessons and as review for quizzes and tests.
This simulation is a three-dimensional animation of Rutherford’s experiment. It allows for the student to make large scale and small scale observations of the motion of alpha particles through the gold foil based on the expected results from Thomson’s “plum pudding model”. It also illustrates the actual results obtained from the experiment which resulted in a dramatic re-working of the model of the atom. Students will be able to visualize the pathway of the alpha particles (non-deflected vs deflected) based on their proximity to the nucleus of the atoms or their passage through the empty space of the atom.
The .pdf file is a 11-page manual consisting of necessary vocabulary, a brief overview of the animation, a step-by-step walk through of the animation (so students can use the animation on their own in school), multiple practice questions, and answer key.
The software is downloaded from TpT as a single “.zip” file which, when extracted, yields the Adobe Flash file (.swf) and a “.pdf” file for supporting documentation.
The simulation will run on either a PC or Mac and there is NO installation of any computer files onto your computer (no need to bother IT people in your school). The simulation runs as free-standing Adobe Flash file (.swf) within any web browser. It could not be any easier!!!
In order to run the simulation, simply drag the file (RUTHERFORDS_EXPT.swf) from whatever folder it is saved directly into your web-browser window and that’s it – the animation start automatically!!!
The purchase of a single license of this product makes it permissible for the buyer to use the simulation on one computer.
The purchase of additional licenses allows other teachers in your building to use the animation and supporting documentation on their computers in their classroom. The purchase of 5 additional licenses (6 total) will allow the teachers and all the students in your building to use the animation and supporting documentation on their individual computers or in computer labs.