Scattering experiments (e.g. Rutherford’s gold foil experiment) are important research tools of nuclear and particle physics. They help us to study interactions between particles and to obtain information about the structure of matter. You can introduce your students to the concepts of scattering experiments with everyday equipment such as marbles or tennis balls and cardboard, or use a 3D printer.
We provide 3D printable files for a scattering experiment with 5 mm steal balls (ball bearings).