# Problem: Which statements are inconsistent with Rutherford's nuclear theory as it was originally stated? Why?a. Since electrons are smaller than protons, and since a hydrogen atom contains only one proton and one electron, it must follow that the volume of a hydrogen atom is mostly due to the proton. b. A nitrogen atom has seven protons in its nucleus and seven electrons outside of its nucleus.c. A phosphorus atom has 15 protons in its nucleus and 150 electrons outside of its nucleus.d. The majority of the mass of a fluorine atom is due to its nine electrons.

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Which statements are inconsistent with Rutherford's nuclear theory as it was originally stated? Why?

a. Since electrons are smaller than protons, and since a hydrogen atom contains only one proton and one electron, it must follow that the volume of a hydrogen atom is mostly due to the proton.

b. A nitrogen atom has seven protons in its nucleus and seven electrons outside of its nucleus.

c. A phosphorus atom has 15 protons in its nucleus and 150 electrons outside of its nucleus.

d. The majority of the mass of a fluorine atom is due to its nine electrons.

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