The Transition elements

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  • The Transition Elements
    • They are found in the periodic table between groups 2 and 3. They are all metals and so are sometimes called the transition metals.
    • Except for mercury they have higher melting and boiling points than the alkali metals.
    • They are malleable and ductile and they are good conductors of heat and electricity.
    • They react slowly or not at all with oxygen and water at ordinary temperatures.
    • Most are strong and dense and are often used as building materials, often as alloys.
    • They fom positive ions with varios charges e.g. Fe2+ and Fe3+
    • Their compounds are often brightly coloured
    • Many of them are catalysts for chemical reactions.


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