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Properties of metallic substances

Metals are often shiny

The free electrons in metallic substances reflect light and make them shiny.

The free electrons reflect light making metals shiny
Copper can be made to look shiny


Metallic substances are malleable

Metallic bonding allows molecules to slide over one another. This makes metals malleable which means they can be bent, hammered, pressed or rolled into shape without breaking or cracking.


Metallic molecules can slide over one another which makes metal malleable
Copper can be bent into shape


Copper can be hammered into shapes
This copper bowl has been hammered into shape


Copper can be rolled into sheets
Copper can be rolled into thin sheets


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