What are five properties of most metals?

1 Answer
Nov 10, 2015

Malleability, ductility, electrical conductivity, high thermal conductivity, lustre.


Malleable means capable of being hammered out into a sheet (cf. Latin, malleus , hammer), ductile means capable of being drawn out into a wire. All of the listed properties can be rationalized on the basis of our concepts of metallic bonding: "positive ions in a sea of electrons".