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

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

8; 9; 10

Learning area
  • Science

Other details

  • Contributor
  • Name: Synergy International Ltd
  • Organization: Synergy International Ltd
  • Description: Technical implementer
  • Address: NEW ZEALAND
  • URL: http://www.synergy.co.nz/
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Description: Data manager
  • Person: Erica Dale
  • Description: Script writer
  • Person: Graham Coghill
  • Description: Subject matter expert
  • Person: Denis Goodrum
  • Description: Educational validator
  • Copyright Holder
  • Name: Education Services Australia
  • Organization: Education Services Australia
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
  • Publisher
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organization: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Description: Publisher
  • Address: VIC, AUSTRALIA
  • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
  • Resource metadata contributed by
  • Name: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Organisation: Education Services Australia Ltd
  • Address: AUSTRALIA
  • URL: www.esa.edu.au
Access profile
  • Colour independence
  • Device independence
  • Hearing independence
Learning Resource Type
  • Interactive
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