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Rutherford Scattering and relativistic effects

  1. Feb 20, 2007 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

    n a Rutherford scattering experiment a target nucleus has a diameter of 3.5 10-14 m. The incoming has a mass of 6.64 10-27 kg. What is the kinetic energy of an particle that has a de Broglie wavelength equal to the diameter of the target nucleus? Ignore relativistic effects.

    2. Relevant equations

    3. The attempt at a solution

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  2. jcsd
  3. Feb 21, 2007 #2
    Damn dude, here's the equation you need:

    E is the energy, h is the planks constant, c (more properly v) is the speed of the particle, and lambda is the de-broglie wavelength.

    E and KE are equal in this case.
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