Why did Rutherford select a thin sheet of gold foil for his experiment?

Asked by Topperlearning User | 13th May, 2014, 11:33: AM

Expert Answer:

Rutherford used gold for his scattering experiment because gold is the most malleable metal and he wanted the thinnest layer as possible; the gold sheet used was around 1000 atoms thick.

Answered by  | 13th May, 2014, 01:33: PM