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Homework Help: Rutherford Scattering Trajectory

  1. Dec 9, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Carbon scatters on a proton. What is the limit of the angle of scattering?

    I'm not really sure where to start this question. I know it has something to do with Rutherford Scattering and impact parameter.

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    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Dec 9, 2015 #2

    Ray Vickson

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    Can the scattering angle be as large as 180°? If not, why not?
     
  4. Dec 9, 2015 #3
    The scattering angle will be small, because the target (proton) is much smaller than carbon.
     
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