1. Limited time only! Sign up for a free 30min personal tutor trial with Chegg Tutors
    Dismiss Notice
Dismiss Notice
Join Physics Forums Today!
The friendliest, high quality science and math community on the planet! Everyone who loves science is here!

Easy Rutherford Question

  1. Apr 24, 2008 #1
    X-rays striking a piece of gold foil may cause:

    a. electrons to be emitted
    b. isotopes of gold to form
    c. addition of protons to gold atoms
    d. addition of neutrons to gold atoms
    e. nuclear transmutation of gold into another element

    I think the answer is a or c. Can someone help me? Thanks.
  2. jcsd
  3. Apr 24, 2008 #2


    User Avatar
    Science Advisor

    Consider that C and E are saying basically the same thing; if gold obtained another proton, it would become another element because elements are defined by the number of protons they have.
  4. Apr 24, 2008 #3
    thanks, i will cancel C and E, but could A be a potential answer?
Know someone interested in this topic? Share this thread via Reddit, Google+, Twitter, or Facebook

Similar Discussions: Easy Rutherford Question
  1. Easy Question? (Replies: 2)

  2. An easy question (Replies: 0)