4th-hour innovation

Course:

SCI 121, Science Without Borders

Faculty:

Jimmie Agnew
Associate Professor - Science Education

2625 Campus Box
E-mail: agnewj@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-6281
Fax #: (336) 278-6258
Office: McMichael Science Building 202D

Lisa Carloye
Assistant Professor - Biology

2625 Campus Box
E-mail: carloyel@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-6201
Fax #: (336) 278-6258
Office: McMichael Science Building 224D

Sandy Seidel
Associate Professor - Biology

2625 Campus Box
E-mail: sseidel@elon.edu
Phone #: (336) 278-6171
Fax #: (336) 278-6258
Office: McMichael Science Building 224A

 

Student Profile:   

Students, freshmen through senior level, taking this course are non-science majors seeking to fulfill the liberal studies requirement of a non-lab science, computing science or mathematics course in the general studies curriculum.

Innovation:

Students conduct a simulation of an experiment performed by Rutherford in 1911 which leads to his (and their) discovery of the nucleus in an atom.

Comments:

This innovation required materials to simulate Rutherford's experiment and a document instructing the students how to complete the in-class activity. This provides students the opportunity to experience the discovery in an active way.

Presentation:

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Resources:

Instructions for students: Atoms-Rutherford model.doc

Animation of Rutherford's gold foil experiment http://www.shsu.edu/%7Echm_tgc/sounds/pushmovies/l2ruther.gif

Wynn, C.M. and A.W. Wiggins. (1997) The Five Biggest Ideas in Science. New York: John Wiley and Sons.