Year 1 Code

Satellite around Mars/Rutherford's Alpha Scattering

This was my first proper computing project, which simulated a satellite orbiting Mars. I got good results with this script so decided to go a bit overboard and also simulate Mars orbiting around the Sun, which produced some very interesting graphs. As an even further extension, I adapted the code to simulate Rutherford's gold scattering experiment, with alpha particle being repelled from gold nuclei using both the Plum Pudding model and the more accurate model of the nucleus. I was really pleased with this script that replicated Rutherford's results from 1909, which disproved the Plum pudding model.

Here are some extra pictures that I couldn't include in the report but are no less interesting:

Computing First Year

The cross represents the nucleus of the atom, with each line a different alpha particle

The cross represents the nucleus of the atom, with each line a different alpha particle

Shows the change in potential and kinetic energy when an alpha particle is scattered from the nucleus

Each path is a satellite around Mars starting at a different velocity

The red line is the path of Mars around the Sun, and the blue path is the satellite

Distance from Sun for the satellite, doesn't make much sense until you zoom in (right)

So the gross structure is of Mars around the Sun, and zoomed in shows each orbit of the satellite