Monday, November 10, 2008

Difficulties with Rutherford’s Model

Rutherford’s model assumes that the electron rotates around the nucleus. Maxwell’s equations of a electromagnetism show that accelerated electron must continuously emit electromagnetic radiation. But a hydrogen does not emit radiation at ground level energy or normal energy. It emits radiation only when heated. Also, if it emits radiation it will lose energy and the radius of its circular motion will decreases and finally it will fall into the nucleus. Hence, the atomic model proposed by Rutherford needs modification. Bohr proposed such modifications.

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