Is gold a solid, liquid, or gas at room temperature?

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Oct 3, 2016



Gold is a metal- as a substance, it is a metallic lattice. This means that atoms of gold are actually positive ions held together by a surrounding 'sea' of their delocalised electrons. This electrostatic attraction means that metallic bonding is relatively strong, meaning that it would require higher temperatures to break the bonds to change its state to a liquid, then a gas. As a result, most metals are solids at room temperature, with the exception of mercury, due to their high melting point which arises from these strong metallic bonds.