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Why did Rutherford think atoms are empty space?

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September 13, 2011 11:11PM

Rutherford came to this conclusion after his Gold-Foil experiment. He found that most of the alpha particales(when released) went straight through the gold foil of which consisted of atoms. In the middle of the atom theres a small nucleus that has mass and positive charge. Because the nucleus is so small the alpha particles were able to go straight through leading to the conclusion that atoms are mostly empty space.

so why did he do the gold-foil experiment?