Topics in ChemistryPhysical Properties of Matter explained with Examples Chemical Properties of Matter explained with Examples Differences between Physical and Chemical Change Ionic Theory and Electrolysis Physical and Chemical Properties of Acids States of Matter: Characteristics of Solids Liquid State of Matter: Characteristics of Liquids Gaseous State of Matter: Characteristics of Gases Molar Mass, Worked Examples and Differences with Molecular Mass Elements: Characteristics of Elements Salts and Types of Salt in Chemistry Mixtures and Separation of Mixtures Mixtures and Separation of Mixtures - part 2 Mixtures and Separation of Mixtures - part 3 Physical Change and Chemical Change Concept of Ions and Electrolytes Grahams Law of diffusion, Worked Example and Importance Metals - Physical Properties of Metals Daltons Atomic Theory and its Modifications Periodic Table: Classification of Elements in the Periodic Table
Academic Questions in Chemistry
Which of the following is NOT a characteristic of chemical change?
Which of the following statement is FALSE concerning a physical change _____.
The following substances will sublime EXCEPT _____.
Which of the following is a state of matter?
The ideal way of separating a mixture of blood is through _____.
Which of the following separation technique is used to separate an insoluble solid that sediments in a liquid?
A _____ mixture is said to be uniform all through.
The reaction involving an acid and a base is termed _____.
Before we look into the physical properties of metals, it will be great if we first understood what metals really are.
Majority of the naturally occurring elements on earth are metals. They normally do not exist in their pure form because rocks, sand and other earthen particles are mixed with them.
Metals are called ore in their impure state; for instance iron ore, tin ore and zinc ore.
When extracted from the earth, they need to be purified before being used for the various beautiful things around us like airplanes, cars, engine and so on.
One method of Metal purification is via a process termed electrolysis
Note: Metals are generally solids at room temperature.
Metals will normally lose electrons(s) to form positive ions (called cations) in a chemical reaction. They are thus electropositive elements.
Ideally, one of the ways to identify an object is through its physical properties or characteristics and metals are no exception.
Note: Metals have also got chemical properties too.
Below are the physical properties or characteristics of metals:
They exist in the solid state at room temperature.
Mercury is an exception because it exist in the liquid state at room temperature.
They generally have high densities.
Of all metals, Lithium has the lowest density while Osmium has the highest density.
With regards to heat and electricity, a metal is an object that can transfer heat and electricity.
Metals are generally good conductors of heat and electricity.
Lead is the poorest conductor of heat while Bismuth is the poorest conductor of electricity.
Silver is the greatest conductor of both heat and electricity.
This is a feature that has to do with the state or quality of being able to be polished and the ability to shine, glow, sparkle, glitter or reflect light.
Metals generally have the luster quality.
Malleability is the ability of an object to withstand the process of hammering; such that it can be bent or flattened and eventually made into thin sheets called foils.
Metals are able to take different shapes because of their malleability feature.
Gold is the most malleable metal.
Being ductile is the ability of an object to be drawn into wire.
copper wires and aluminium wires are wires drawn from copper and aluminium respectively.
Metals are generally ductile; and platinum is the most ductile of all.
Most Metals are generally poor magnets.
Note: A metal like iron is well magnetised.
The melting point (also called liquefaction point) of a substance is that point at which it changes from solid to liquid.
Metals generally have high melting points.
The metal Tungsten (W) has got the highest melting point at 3422°C while mercury (Hg) has the lowest melting point at -38.829°F.
The boiling point of a liquid is the temperature at which the vapour pressure of the liquid equals the external atmospheric pressure.
When metals are heated, they melt into liquid before they start to boil.
Metals generally have high boiling points.
Since mercury exists as liquid, it has the lowest boiling point of all metals.
The metal Tungsten (W) has got the highest boiling point at 3422°C.
With the exception of Lithium (Li), Sodium (Na) and Potassium (K) which are soft metals, most metals are grenerally hard.
Most metals come in a variety of colors while some are opaque. Below are some colors of metals:
Gold: Color is Gold.
Silver: Color is Silver.
Platinum: Color is Gray.
Copper: Color is Copper.
Lead: Color is SlateGray.
Sodium: Color is Silver.
Aluminium: Color is Silver.
Note: Silver is the color of most metals.
This is the ability of an object to make sound. Metals are generally sonorous.
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Amazing facts in Chemistry
The only letters that failed to appear on the periodic table are letters:
Gold and copper are the only two non-silvery colored metals. Please read some interesting facts about gold here
Copper is the only metal that is naturally antibacterial. This is why you would see some children carry copper water bottles to school
Water actually freezes faster when it’s warm than when it’s cold
Most element in their pure state exists physically in different forms. For instance, pure carbon can exist as both diamond and graphite. This phenomenon is called allotropy.
Please read on modification of Dalton's atomic theory here.
If you pour a handful of salt into a full glass of water, the water level will go down rather than overflowing the glass.
Similarly, if you mix half liter of water and half litre of alcohol, the total volume of the liquid will be les than one litre
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