What are the Properties of Metallic Materials?

  • Metals are Lustrous - they shine in reflected light.
    They exhibit brightness, brilliance, radiance - a
    metallic luster. They can be iridescent.

  • Metals are Malleable - they can be hammered,
    forged, or rolled into various shapes (thin sheets)
    without breaking.

  • Metals are Ductile - they can be stretched or drawn
    to a fine wire without breaking.

  • Many pure metals are Sectile - they can be cut
    smoothly with a knife.

  • Metals tend to have high melting points and are solid
    at room temperatures (Mercury is an exception).

  • Metals are good conductors of heat and electricity.

  • Metals combine with oxygen to form solid (ionic) oxides.