A metal is an element, compound, or alloy that is a good conductor of both electricity and heat.

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The anode and cathode when corrosion happens

Let's say $Fe$ reacts with $Cu$$^+$$^2$ ions. $Fe$ would oxidize and therefore give electrons to $Cu$$^+$$^2$ so that: $Fe$ $>$ $Fe$$^+$$^2$ + $2e$$^-$. $Cu$$^+$$^2$ + $2e$$^-$ $>$ $Cu$. $Fe ...
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What's the type of bonding in La@C60?

Endohedral fullerene is the name given to a brand new chemical species with the following attributes: A metal, usually a transition metal, is "trapped" inside the fullerene, like $\ce{C60}$ and ...
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Replacement For RF sputtering

In my experimental work, I'm following an article. It said that: A 30 nm ZnO seed layer was deposited on the glass substrates by RF sputtering of a ZnO target at room temperature. But I haven't ...
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Why does lithium move on the surface of water during the reaction?

If someone asks me to number the most notable "textbook experiments" I would definitely name "the comparison of the reactions of alkali metals with water" among the most favorites. We just happened ...
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Will isopropyl alcohol dissolve the coating/paint of a notebook?

The notebook is a Dell Inspiron 6400 and the coating/paint is the silver on the palmrest and back cover. It says 99,4% on the container of the isopropyl alcohol.
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Are there yellow metals besides gold and copper?

Are there yellow metals besides gold and copper? Are there metals with color different than yellow and grey?
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removeable polymer coating [on hold]

i need an removable polymer coating material should have following properties:- Fast drying time (without any hardener) Elasticity Spray-able Transparent Polyurethane Thinner-base Peel-able ...
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How many delocalised electrons in gold?

How can we determine how many delocalised electrons every atom of gold contributes to the 'sea of delocalised electrons'? More generally, how can we determine the number of electrons any metal ...
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Sacrificial Anodes and Pit Corrosion

I have a slab of aluminum and one part of the slab will be exposed to a very corrosive environment. If I put a sacrificial anode elsewhere on the slab will the section that is exposed still be ...
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Which is more ferromagnetic: grey iron or mild steel?

Which of these two metals is more ferromagnetic: grey iron or mild steel? I understand that grey iron has more graphite which is paramagnetic, and mild steel contains carbon. How does the ...
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Two 2" solid steel bearings for stress relief hand-rolling. Safe? What's that smell? How to thoroughly clean?

I bought these two 2" solid steel ball bearings for the purpose of rolling them in my hands. Just for something to do while sitting at my computer, without those silly bells inside. (They're still a ...
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Why did the salt on the skin of my turkey react with the tin foil it was touching?

I sprinkled salt on my turkey skin and left it to dry out over night. It was covered with aluminum foil. The next morning the aluminum foil had holes 'burnt' in it and the turkey skin turned silver ...
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Simple metal-base and heating reactions

Which of the following metals will give $\ce{H2}$ on reaction with $\ce{NaOH}$? Options: (A) $\ce{Be} \quad$ (B) $\ce{Ba} \quad$ (C) $\ce{Ca} \quad$ (D) $\ce{K}$ I tried to search how bases react ...
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Does the protective layer of Aluminum oxide form on the surface of aluminium alloys (such as Al-Zr) as well?

Aluminum is an ideal element for usage in airports. Unlike Iron, when oxygenating, there is a protective layer formed that does not allow the rest of the Al metal to oxygenate.Does the protective ...
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Does metal oxidize (faster) in dirt?

I had an interesting event occur recently: I stuck a screwdriver in a potted plant, for it is the only way that I am able to unlock a certain door. It was left in there for about a month before I ...
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Why are some metals ferromagnetic?

Why is Iron or Nickel magnetic? Iron has metallic bonds. And a metallic bond is the electrostatic attraction between the positive metal ions and delocalized electrons. Is it because of these ...
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Copper and Hydrochloric Acid: Reaction or No Reaction? [duplicate]

In my chemistry lab, we had $18$ different reactions involving many different substances. One of the experiments involved placing a piece of copper metal in a hydrochloric acid. While observing it ...
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How to temper a non-ferrous metal

Can non-ferrous metals/alloys (copper, brass, bronze) be tempered (made harder) by temperature control alone, like ferrous metals? I understand it's simple to anneal copper, brass, etc., just by ...
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Kinetics of the conversion from metal oxide to metal hydroxide in water

How long can a metal oxide such as magnesium oxide remain in solution before being converted to the metal hydroxide?
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Making metal powders using electrolysis - chosing the right electrolyte

Really fine metal powders are good for two things: making paints and pyrotechnics. For this purposes, I can see people usually use thing called ball mill. It's basically a barell stuffed with heavy ...
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what is the chemistry behind amalgamation?

Mercury can form amalgams with metals, such as gold, however how exactly does the "reaction" if you can call it that take place? My understanding of metal bonds is that the atoms of a metal are ...
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Solution, hardener and metal required to cast key duplicates

I just watched this YouTube video for a DIY key duplication system and was trying to figure out what all the material components could be: The "mold solution" (parts 1 and 2) The "hardener" The "low ...
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Is there a systematic way to determine the expected cubic structure of metals?

I've noticed that some groups of metals with similar properties tend to belong to the same cubic structure group, such as $\text{FCC, BCC, or HCP}$. What is a good explanation as to why these metals ...
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Turn lead into gold via radioactive decay

I was looking at the isotope's table and noticed that one of Lead's isotopes can actually turn into stable gold through this mechanism : ...
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Common etchant for Stainless Steel 304L and Titanium Grade 2

I need a common etchant for S.S. and $\ce{Ti}$. Right now I'm using: $\ce{HNO3 + 3HCl}$ - for S.S. 304L $5\%~\ce{HCl} + 6\%~\ce{HNO3} + 16\%~\ce{HF} + 74\%~\ce{H2O}$ - for $\ce{Ti}$ Is it possible ...
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What are the properties of alloys?

You spend a lot of time in chemistry talking about molecular amd ionic compounds, but I'm interested in what you can do with metals only. What is the difference between the properties (physical & ...
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Crystal structure in function of pressure

If you were to investigate crystal structure changes as a function of pressure, which metals would you study first? Last? Why?
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Butane blowtorch condensing liquid on heating surface

I have a small Butane blowtorch, and use it to heat an Aluminium plate. The plate is thick so takes 20 seconds or so to really start heating up. As soon as I apply the heat, droplets of some liquid ...
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Which metals with high density do not react with mercury?

I would like to know the highest density material between 10-17 g/mol range that is less than mercury and does not react with mercury. Also would I like to know the highest density metal that is in ...
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Which electrodes do not corrode at all?

I had used spare pieces of metal to perform electrolysis. They all had the disadvantage that they corrode when used as anode - and some of the oxides are toxic (copper, chromium). I've found that ...
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I heard aluminium doesn't produce fumes when burnt but the opposite happened, how?

One day I took aluminium foil(sanitary brand, don't know if you've heard it) then I casually burned it over a gas lighter then it burned and gave off Grey fumes and the foil became a dull Grey ...
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Properties of powdered metals

I have seen certain metals such as Aluminium used in a situation where it is in a powdered form and "compacted" into a shape under intense pressure (in a mould), and it ends up looking mostly like ...
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Why is Technetium unstable?

Technetium is probably the most awkward element of the periodic table for me. It seems to me that Technetium is an exception, in the sense that it doesn't have any stable isotopes, despite having a ...
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Does a patina on a knife prevent rust?

Before I begin, I think it's worth mentioning that I know little about chemistry and even less about knives. My question is this, having seen many people talk about how patinas work and the best ...
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Are metallic/ionic bonds weaker than covalent bonds? I was taught the opposite. Now I'm confused

In mineralogy class, I was taught that metallic and ionic bonds are weaker than covalent bonds and that's why quartz and diamond have such a high hardness value. However, in organic chemistry class, I ...
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Elemental Silver Colour

What is the colour of elemental Ag? I have doubt whether it is black or silver in colour. In Tollens' test, we get a silvery precipitate of elemental silver - hence silver in colour. I have read ...
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which metal helps in cold rolling of stainless steel

Which metal and in what composition , help in expansion of stainless steel in cold rolling .
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Percentage of carbon in stainless steel to avoid brittleness

What is the maximum percentage of carbon allowed in stainless steel 202 so that it does not cause brittleness?
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What type of material is this and how is it corroding?

So I was thinking about corrosion and I came across this structure(see image) Do you think the inner metal/alloy that is corroding is steel? Also, what do you think the outer layer (in white) is? ...
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Does corrosion follow the law of conservation of mass?

For e.g .Due to rusting , iron becomes weak .So it should become weak only if the amount of iron is reduced. Even if we say the reduced iron is now the rust ,the amount of rust practically is very ...
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How to separate lead condensate from aluminum

A common problem in shooting sports is precipitation of lead onto aluminum suppressor baffles. (The lead presumably comes from both lead styphnate priming compound and from the base and bearing ...
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Controlling the shape of metal

Is there a way to control the shape of metal? Suppose I have a fast melting metal, is there a way to make it take a specific shape? Of course I don't mean to like put it in a template to take the ...
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A metal that melts quickly?

Is there a kind of metal that melts very quickly with very low heat or temperature and at the same time becomes hard very quickly? I'm very naive in chemistry with limited knowledge. So I hope your ...
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can an alloy be used to make another alloy?

The answer is likely very obvious but I know pretty much nothing about this so: Can I make an alloy, using an alloy? That is, could I make an alloy of steel (in itself an alloy of iron and carbon) ...
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Classifying atoms as metals or nonmetals based on the periodic table [closed]

The electron configuration of the outer shell of four atoms are: $X: 3s^23p^3, Y: 6s^26p^3, Z: 3s^23p^4 T: 6s^26p^4$. I don't know if these atoms are metal or nonmetal. Please classify the four ...
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How to treat Magnesium powder and ribbon

I am a master student of nuclear physics. Due to some measurements I'd like to make, I have to use Magnesium as a beam target. Searching through the net to see it's properties I found that it can be ...
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Why does HNO3 not give off H2 when reacting with Cu?

A dilute solution of which acid is most likely to produce a reduction product other than $\ce{H_{2}}$ when it reacts with a metal? (A) $\ce{HF}$ (B) $\ce{HCl}$ (C) $\ce{HNO3} $ ...
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Why does gold react with cyanide and sodium hydroxide

Why does gold react with cyanide and sodium hydroxide and what is the chemical reaction's impact on gold's atomic structure and bonding? What I think is since in the 'flotation' process, when the ...
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Gold's atomic structure and bonding in relation to the separation techniques used

How is Gold's atomic structure and bonding related to the separation techniques used to distinguish it from other substances? I'm just confused on what I'm actually searching for, I have read so ...
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What is the smell of 'burning' metal?

When a pass a construction site where someone is welding two pieces of metal together there is a very distinct smell that I associate with 'burning' metal, although I am not quite sure it is burning ...