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Homework Help: Rutherford Scattering

  1. Dec 20, 2003 #1
    I'm having problems with some of the more advanced questions about Rutherford Scattering and the Gieger-Marsden experiment. Can anyone suggest somewhere online where I can read up on this and that explains it well.

    One question that bugged me was this:

    use Rutherford scattering differential cross section to calculated
    d(sigma)/d(omega) for MeV alpha particles scattering from gold nuclei at (Phi)= 60 degree

    I used the equation

    d(sigma)/d(omega) = ((Zzhc)/KE))^2(1?(16sin^4(Phi)/2))

    where hc = 192.MeV/F

    I get 36.93 but the book says 20.65 barns

    Uh hope that makes sense to someone it doesn't to me
  2. jcsd
  3. Dec 27, 2003 #2
    What numbers did you plug in for the variables?
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