We love metals at William Rowland! Did you know that the majority of the periodic table is made up of metals? Many of the items that you use on a daily basis are made from or have some component that is metal. Metal is all around us, but what do we really know about these elements? Here are ten interesting facts about the metals we use every day that you may that you may not have known before; we like to educate too you see:
1. Iron is the most common metal in the universe. It is forged in the heart of stars, and released when a star dies.
2. There are 118 elements on the periodic table. Of those, 91 are classified as metals. They make up about 75% of the entire table and even some of the elements that are not strictly classified as metals have some metal characteristics or are labeled as “metalloids.”
3. One of the defining characteristics of metals is how the element reacts with other elements. For example, most metals will give up electrons to oxygen or nitrogen, causing rust and decay.
4. All metals are solid at room temperature except for mercury, which was commonly used in thermometers. There are other metals like gallium which will melt with just a little bit of heat.
5. The seven metals that have been used throughout the history of civilization are gold, silver, lead, tin, iron, copper, and mercury.
6. All of the tallest and most durable freestanding buildings in the world are made from metal. Alloy steel is the most common modern building material, and is the skeleton of buildings like the Shanghai Tower and the Skytree.
7. The core of the earth is believed to be mostly iron, while the crust of the earth is believed to be mostly aluminum.
8. The word “metal” is derived from a Greek word, “metallon,” which is actually a verb that means “to mine.”
9. Some of the defining characteristics of metals include hardness, shininess, and the ability to conduct heat and electricity. Not all metals meet all of these criteria, but all meet some of the criteria.
10. In the metalworking industry, the most commonly used wires are aluminum, copper, iron, and zinc. They are valued as much for their ability to be pulled into wire as they are for their strength and chemical reactivity.
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