What are the limitations of J.J. Thomson’s model of the atom?




The limitations of J.J. Thomson’s model of atom were


  • Thomson’s plum pudding model of an atom illustrated that an atom consists of an equal amount of positive and negative charge.


  • His model of atom could explain the neutral nature of an atom, but couldn’t explain the results of the experiments (Like Rutherford’s alpha particle scattering experiment) conducted by the scientist.


  • JJ Thomson’s model suggests that it has a pool of positive charge but according to Rutherford’s experiment, most of the atom is empty while 
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