Investigate scattering, the science that lets us see inside the atom, with physicist Christian Diget. Can you predict the pattern that different shapes will create? 

What shape is the target? (Questions) (PDF , 4,507kb)

What shape is the target? (Answers) (PDF , 4,458kb)

What you will need:

  • A ramp (made from piles of books / guttering / cardboard tube etc)
  • Pencils or crayons (several colours)
  • A small ball or marble

Health and Safety:

  • Small balls can be a choking hazard for young children
  • Ensure that ramps and their supports are stable and will not fall during the experiment

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About the researcher

Dr Christian Diget is a Senior Lecturer with the University of York’s Department of Physics, and lead of the Binding Blocks project.