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I find it interesting that you chose to learn chemistry in a logical, bottom-up way rather that in the (standard) pedagogical way which tends to parallel the historical development of the subject. For instance: you start with the Rutherford model of the atom and the first kind of chemical reaction you talk about is redox, no less!
The Rutherford model or planetary model was a model of the atom devised by Ernest Rutherford. Rutherford directed the famous Geiger-Marsden experiment in (1909), which suggested to Rutherford's analysis (1911) that the Plum pudding model (of J. J. Thomson) of the atom was incorrect. Rutherford's new model for the atom, based on the experimental results, had a number of essential modern features, including a relatively high central charge concentrated into a very small volume in comparison to the rest of the atom.


It'd be nice if the battle were only against the right wingers, not half of the left on top of that — François in Paris
by Migeru (migeru at eurotrib dot com) on Sat Mar 22nd, 2008 at 02:03:24 PM EST

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