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Before Ernest Rutherford's landmark experiment with a few pieces of metal foil and alpha particles, the structure of the atom was thought to correspond with the plum pudding model. In summary, the plum pudding model was hypothesized by J.J. Thomson (the discoverer of the electron) who described an atom as being a large positively charged body that contained small, free-floating, negatively charged particles called electrons. The plum pudding model also states that the negative charge of the electrons is equivalent to the positive charge of the rest of the atom. The two charges cancel each other causing and cause the electrical charge of the atom to be zero (or neutral). The faulty aspect of this model is that it was construed before the nucleus of an atom (and its composition) was discovered; which is where Rutherford's research comes in.    
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What component of the atom did Rutherford identify in his gold foil experiment?

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Why gold foil is used in Rutherford experiment?

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Why did Ernest Rutherford use gold foil?

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What is the Rutherford gold foil experiment?

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In what year did Rutherford do the gold foil experiment?

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Rutherfords gold foil experiment led to the discovery of the?

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Who is Rutherford and the gold foil experiment?

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How did Rutherford explain the results of his gold foil experiment?

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