How are the atoms held together in solid potassium metal?

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confused...

gcse chemistry unit 2...

is this about ionic bonding where the potassium loses an electron and bonds onto another substance ionically??

any help would be greatly appreciated... thanks.. :)

Posted Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 13:25 by Muzz :P

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All of the atoms in the metal are indeed ions. There are free moving electrons throughout the metal, and I think it's the flow of these that holds the atoms together. They're also what causes the metal to be so conductive, as they're free to carry electricity. :)

Answered Thu 17th May, 2012 @ 13:43 by Cat Worsley