History of the Atom Project Honors Chemistry Due October 2nd

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History of the Atom Project Honors Chemistry Due October 2nd
The atomic theory of matter is an excellent illustration of the process of science. Our understanding of the world around us is reshaped and refined with each scientific experiment. The first recorded idea of the atom comes from the ancient Greeks in the 400’s B.C. Over the millennia, scientific experimentation has added to our knowledge of the atom, redefining what it is and what its structure is like. In this project, your goal will be to learn about some of the highlights in the history of atomic theory to gain an appreciation of how we know what we know about atoms.
Step one of this process involves research. Listed below are 15 scientists who all contributed to our current understanding of the atom. You need to find out who these people were and what they contributed to atomic theory.

Democritus Antoine Lavoisier John Dalton

J. J. Thomson Ernest Rutherford Robert Millikan Marie Curie

James Chadwick Max Planck Albert Einstein Niels Bohr Arnold Sommerfeld

Louis De Broglie Erwin Schrodinger Werner Heisenberg

Questions to answer in your research

1) When did they live? Where did they live?

2) What new information did they contribute to the understanding of the atom?

3) How did they find this new information? (What experiments did they do?)

4) Interesting facts – other accomplishments, personal information, famous historical events at the time,etc.
Cite Your Sources!

You must hand in a bibliography with your project. This must be in proper works cited/bibliography format. (See the

example shown below.) There are lots of websites that can help you make a correctly formatted citation. One good one is http://www.easybib.com/

Sample Citation (for an online source):

"A Science Odyssey: You Try It: Atom Builder." PBS. PBS, 1998. Web. 04 Nov. 2009.

Research Tips

Some of these scientists did experiments not related to atomic theory as well. If you search on the web

form information, you might include searches about history of atomic theory, or “Niels Bohr atomic theory” to help get less broad results. You can of course get good information by searching each name as well, but don’t forget to find out about contributions to atomic theory. Your textbook also has useful information about some of these scientists.

Here are a few useful websites to get things going. http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/aso/tryit/atom/ - scroll down to the bottom for links to scientists


http://chemistry.learnhub.com/lesson/3663-history-of-the-atomic-theory-i-ancient-times http://chemistry.learnhub.com/lesson/3687-history-of-the-atomic-theory-part-3 http://www.visionlearning.com/library/module_viewer.php?mid=50

Step 2 of this project is turning your research into an interesting an informative project. This is the part where you use the information, making sure to avoid plagiarism by putting things into your own words. The type of project you will complete is called a RAFT (R = role, A = audience, F = Format, T = Topic). You choose one horizontal row from the choices below to complete. If you don’t see any options that appeal to you, talk to your teacher about designing your own. (A self-designed option must be approved by your teacher.)

Role Audience Format Topic





Science Writer at the New

York Times

Reader of the New York

Times Science Section

Series of Newpaper Articles

The Ongoing discovery of

the atom

Science Historian

Students studying atomic


Detailed Timeline

Important Figures and

Events in the History of

Atomic Structure


Students in your high

school chemistry class

Graphic Novel

Adventures of

Scientists listed above that includes their contribution to atomic development

Actors putting on a

performance for the scientists at Fermilab

Scientists in the research

community who are currently doing research on subatomic particles


You will take on the

persona of the scientists who contributed to the development of the atom. Submit the script.

Read the rubric carefully to understand what content needs to be included in your project and how your project will be graded.
Newspaper articles – You could write one article per scientist, but it might be better to write fewer articles, each one focusing on a different time period. Make sure your writing is interesting; your reader shouldn’t want to put the newspaper down after the first few sentences. Make sure to use newspaper article format and be creative. (Read a science article perhaps for a better understanding of this.)
Timelines – Your timeline should be visually attractive and include pictures of each scientist as well as descriptions of their contributions to atomic theory. Organization and attractive layout are key.
Graphic Novel – You should write an illustrated story. Don’t forget a cover with the title of your novel. Remember, you need to make an interesting narrative that students would like to read that still includes all the required content. Turn your research into a story!

Role Playing – Take on the persona of the scientists. You will give your performance to the scientists in our class. Be creative and fully take on the role of the scientists you have chosen. Limit the performance to 3-5 minutes and turn in a bibliography with the sources you used to research your scientist(s).




Various Graphic Novel Websites

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