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Metals represent the largest group of elements on the periodic table. These elements reside to the left of the metalloids (staircase, heavy line on many modern periodic tables). Metals tend to form ionic bonds, in which the metal loses electrons to become a cation.

Properties of metals

  1. Luster
  2. Conductors of heat and electricity
  3. Ductile
  4. Malleable

Further reading

Alan W. Cramb (Carnegie Mellon University) has a wonderful piece entitled A Short History of Metals.



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