# Is copper an element or molecule? [closed]

I am not sure is copper present in form of molecules? Can someone please describe about it? I searched on Internet and also asked many people but am not getting any clear answer.

• In short, no. Copper is a metal, and metals normally don't form molecules by themselves. – Ivan Neretin Apr 9 '16 at 10:41
• – Mithoron Apr 9 '16 at 11:44
• – Mithoron Apr 9 '16 at 11:46

Metals form metallic bonds, which are a thing of its own. An easy way to rule out molecular bonding is if the boiling point is high; most metals have high boiling points, because metallic bonding is much stronger than the forces between individual molecules (such as $\ce{O_2, CH_4}$) that hold them together.