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Chemical bonding of the elements

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This chapter focuses on the chemical bonding of the elements. Chemical bonding is the technique through which the atoms of the elements are held together in molecules. The type of bonding that binds the atoms of the metallic elements together is called metallic bonding. X-ray crystallographic studies have shown that the metal atoms are closely packed together in such a way that they occupy a minimum volume, and hence a minimum potential energy exists among atoms. An ordered arrangement of spheres can be used to represent the types of bonding that occur. Some of the physical properties of most metals are that they are malleable, ductile, good conductors of heat and electricity and in addition ...

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