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Most of the metals in existence have the power to conduct electricity, unlike all non-metals. There is much to be learned when it comes to the properties of these two. Do you wish to test out your understanding of the two types of materials? If you said yes, then the quiz below is perfect for you. Give it a shot and see how well you do.


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    If a metal is ___________ it can be drawn into a wire.

    • A.

      Conductive

    • B.

      Malleable

    • C.

      Magnetic

    • D.

      Ductile

    Correct Answer
    D. Ductile
    Explanation
    If a metal is ductile, it means that it can be drawn into a wire without breaking or losing its strength. Ductility is a property of metals that allows them to be stretched and deformed without fracturing. This property is important in various industries, such as electrical wiring and jewelry making, where metals need to be shaped into thin wires. Conductivity, malleability, and magnetism are also important properties of metals, but they do not directly determine if a metal can be drawn into a wire.

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  • 2. 

    ______________ describes the way a substance reflects light, or SHINES.

    • A.

      Magnetism

    • B.

      Brittleness

    • C.

      Luster

    • D.

      Ductility

    • E.

      None

    Correct Answer
    C. Luster
    Explanation
    Luster refers to the way a substance reflects light or shines. It describes the appearance of a surface when it reflects light and can range from being shiny and reflective to dull and non-reflective.

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  • 3. 

    ______________ describes how well the substance can be hammered into sheets.

    • A.

      Malleability

    • B.

      Conductivity

    • C.

      Ductility

    • D.

      Luster

    Correct Answer
    A. Malleability
    Explanation
    Malleability refers to the ability of a substance to be hammered or pressed into thin sheets without breaking or shattering. It is a property that is commonly observed in metals, such as gold or aluminum, which can be easily shaped into different forms. Conductivity, on the other hand, refers to the ability of a substance to conduct electricity or heat. Ductility is the property of a substance to be stretched or drawn into a wire without breaking. Luster refers to the shininess or reflective quality of a substance.

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  • 4. 

    If a substance breaks easily, it is said to be ________________

    • A.

      Magnetic

    • B.

      Conductive

    • C.

      Brittle

    • D.

      Ductile

    Correct Answer
    C. Brittle
    Explanation
    A substance that breaks easily is referred to as brittle. Brittle materials lack the ability to deform significantly before fracturing. This means that they have low resistance to breaking or shattering when subjected to stress or force. Unlike ductile materials that can be stretched into thin wires or conductive materials that allow the flow of electric current, brittle substances are prone to sudden and complete failure without any noticeable deformation. Therefore, the correct answer is brittle.

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  • 5. 

    Metals are usually silver-grey in color.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Metals are usually silver-grey in color because they reflect most of the light that falls on them, giving them a shiny appearance. This is due to the presence of free electrons in the metal's structure, which allow for the easy movement of electric charges and the reflection of light. While there are exceptions to this generalization, such as gold and copper, the majority of metals exhibit a silver-grey color.

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  • 6. 

    Nonmetals are usually GOOD conductors or heat and electricity.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Nonmetals are usually poor conductors of heat and electricity. This is because nonmetals have high resistance to the flow of electrons, which makes it difficult for them to conduct electricity. Additionally, nonmetals do not have free electrons that can easily move and transfer heat energy, resulting in their low thermal conductivity. Therefore, the statement that nonmetals are usually good conductors of heat and electricity is false.

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  • 7. 

    Nonmetals are not attracted to magnets.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Nonmetals, such as oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon, do not have magnetic properties and therefore are not attracted to magnets. This is because nonmetals do not have unpaired electrons in their outermost energy levels, which are necessary for a material to be magnetic. In contrast, metals, such as iron and nickel, have unpaired electrons and can be attracted to magnets. Therefore, the statement that nonmetals are not attracted to magnets is true.

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  • 8. 

    Metals usually have high melting points.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Metals usually have high melting points because of their metallic bonding. Metallic bonds are formed by the delocalization of electrons, which creates a strong attraction between the positive metal ions and the negatively charged electrons. This strong bond requires a significant amount of energy to break, resulting in high melting points for metals.

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  • 9. 

    Metals can be drawn into a wire.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Metals can be drawn into a wire because they have high ductility, which means they can be easily stretched and shaped without breaking. The metallic bonds between the atoms in a metal allow the atoms to slide past each other, making it possible to elongate the material into a wire. This property is essential for various applications, such as electrical wiring, where metals like copper and aluminum are commonly used due to their ability to be drawn into thin, flexible wires.

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  • 10. 

    Metals are soft and bend or break easily.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Metals are not soft and do not bend or break easily. In fact, metals are known for their strength and durability. They are often used in construction and manufacturing due to their ability to withstand heavy loads and resist deformation. Therefore, the statement that metals are soft and bend or break easily is false.

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  • 11. 

    Bonus Question worth 5 points: Explain to me the importance of lab safety.

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