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Properties of metallic substances

Metals are often shiny

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

image of a metal kettle

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.

 image of someone bending a metal pipe

Copper can be bent into shape. 


image of a bowl made from copper

This copper bowl has been hammered into shape.

  Image of a roll of copper

Copper can be rolled into thin sheets. 

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