How do metal atoms combine?

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Apr 21, 2018


#"By metallic bonding...."#


In metallic bonding an array of metal atoms contribute one or two or more electrons to the entire metallic lattice...i.e. electrons are delocalized. The now cationic metallic centres are now confined in an electron sea the which allows movement of the cations with respect to each other, and hence typical metallic properties of malleability, the ability to be beaten into a sheet, and ductility, the ability to be drawn into a wire....