The transition metals are found in the central block of the periodic table.
Transition metals have properties that make them useful for building and making things as they are strong but can be bent into shape.
They are good conductors of heat and electricity.
Most of the metals we use are alloys.
There are social, economic and environmental issues associated with exploiting metal ores.
Recycling saves energy and limited resources.
There are drawbacks as well as benefits from the use of metals in structures.