Alexa M.

asked • 07/22/15

Rutherford’s Experiment: Hyperbola

In May 1911, Ernest Rutherford published a paper in Philosophical Magazine. In this article, he described the motion of alpha particles as they are shot at a piece of gold foil 0.00004 cm thick. The figure shows a diagram from the scientist’s paper that indicates that the deflected alpha particles follow the path of one branch of a hyperbola and the asymptotes are at an angle of 45 degrees from the orgin. (a) Find an equation of the asymptotes under this scenario. a b b y ?? .  y ? and  x a (b) If the vertex of the path of the alpha particles is 3 cm from the center of the hyperbola, find a model that describes the path of the particle.

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SURENDRA K. answered • 07/23/15

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