Metal FAQs:


Q: Are metals generally malleable—that is, they can be hammered or pressed permanently out of shape without breaking or cracking—as well as fusible and ductile?

A: Yes, About 91 of the 118 elements in the periodic table are metals; the others are nonmetals or metalloids.

Q: Are metals either too soft?

A: Yes, and brittle or chemically reactive for practical use.

Q: Is metal commonly used in opposition to noble metal?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals good ways to prevent their corrosion?

A: Yes.

Q: Were metals destined to become gold in the bowels of the earth through the proper combinations of heat?

A: Yes, and digestion, time, and elimination of contaminants, all of which could be developed and hastened through the knowledge and methods of alchemy.

Q: Are metals closely linked to economic growth?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals important in the construction of mirrors?

A: Yes, and including precision astronomical instruments.

Q: Are metals shiny and lustrous?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals generally basic?

A: Yes, as opposed to those of nonmetals, which are acidic.

Q: Is metal any relatively dense metal or metalloid?

A: Yes.

Q: Is metal used informally to refer to a metal that is easily oxidized or corroded?

A: Yes, and reacts easily with dilute hydrochloric acid to form metal chloride and hydrogen.

Q: Are metals assumed as Gold:Sun?

A: Yes, and Silver:Moon, Electrum:Jupiter, Iron:Mars, Copper:Venus, Tin:Mercury, Lead:Saturn.

Q: Is metal a rare metallic chemical element of high economic value?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals good conductors?

A: Yes, and making them valuable in electrical appliances and for carrying an electric current over a distance with little energy lost.

Q: Were metals historically used as coinage?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals gold and silver?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals less reactive than most elements?

A: Yes, and have high luster and high electrical conductivity.

Q: Are metals often magnetic?

A: Yes, but not exclusively.

Q: Was metal a common and inexpensive metal?

A: Yes, as opposed to precious metals, mainly gold and silver.

Q: Are metals metals that are resistant to corrosion or oxidation?

A: Yes, and unlike most base metals.

Q: Were metals important as currency?

A: Yes, but are now regarded mainly as investment and industrial commodities.

Q: Are metals driven not only by their practical use?

A: Yes, but also by their role as investments and a store of value.

Q: Are metals inherently recyclable?

A: Yes, so in principle, can be used over and over again, minimizing these negative environmental impacts and saving energy.

Q: Is metal produced by electrostatic interactions between each atom and the electron cloud?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals due to the tightly packed crystal lattice of the metallic structure?

A: Yes.

Q: Is metal also used for heat sinks to protect sensitive equipment from overheating?

A: Yes.

Q: Are metals often extracted from the Earth by means of mining ores that are rich sources of the requisite elements?

A: Yes, such as bauxite.

Q: Is metal useful for containers to heat materials over a flame?

A: Yes.

Q: Is metal a mineral body?

A: Yes, and by nature either liquid or somewhat hard.