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The discovery of particles

Excellent summaries of the experiments leading to the discovery of the nucleus, electrons, neutrons and more…

Curriculum link: Structure of the atom
Recommended use: Independent learning
Ages: 16-18

The Cavendish was opened in 1874 as the Laboratory of Physics at the University of Cambridge, one of the first teaching laboratories in England. Research in the Cavendish has led to a number of the most important discoveries in physics.

This site contains some very useful animations of important historical experiments made by the great names in atomic physics and includes a section on the discovery of the structure of DNA

Visit the Cambridge Physics site

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