What is Metallic Bonding?
Metals form a giant
(like ionic compounds and giant molecules).
The red balls represent
The blue lines represent delocalised electrons
in the outer shell of the metal ions.
Delocalised means that they are
not attached to one particular ion.
The structure of a metal
can also be shown as
In the above picture the dotted lines represent the delocalised
electrons. Delocalised electrons are also called free electrons
because they can move very easily through the metal structure.
It is these free electrons which give metals their properties.
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