The General Properties of Metals 1. Lustrous i.e. shiny. 2. Good conductors of heat.

3. Malleable i.e. able to be hammered or pressed into new shape without breaking or cracking.

4. Ductile i.e. capable of being drawn out or stretched into a thin wire.

5. Good conductors of electricity. 6. Lose electrons, becoming positive ions in chemical reactions.

7. Sonorous, make a ringing sound when struck.

An Alloy is a mixture that has metallic properties and contains one or more metals. An alloy may only be composed of two or more blended metals or non-metals may be used in the mixture as in steel. The mixing is to improve the properties of a metal to make it more useful.