What is true of all metals?

1 Answer
May 8, 2017

Metals have many common characteristics that make them prized for their usefulness, beauty and value.


All metals are solid at (our) living temperatures except for mercury which is a liquid. Metals are shiny for a while at least when properly finished.

Metals are good conductors of both heat and electricity. This is due to the excess electrons in their valence clouds that facilitate energy transfer.

Solid metals are both ductile and malleable. Ductile metals can be drawn into long strands used in the manufacture of wire. Malleable metal characteristics allow us to shape them, bend them, and mold them.

Metals can be combined to make alloys to increase their strength or add to their intrinsic value as jewelry.

Metal salts are used in medicine and industrial applications for manufacturing and food production.