Metallic Structure

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  • Giant Metallic Structures
    • Metal atoms are arranged in layers.
      • When a force is applied the layers of atoms will slide over each other.
        • They can move into a new position  without breaking apart
          • Therefore meaning a metal can bend or stretch into a new shape
    • Alloys
      • Alloys are a mixture of metals or metals mixed with other elements.
        • The different sized atoms distorts the layers which makes it hard for them to slide.
          • This makes alloys harder than pure metals.
    • Metal structures have delocalised electrons.
      • This makes them great conductors of heat and electricity.


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