What is a metal?
What is a metal?

Start this free course now. Just create an account and sign in. Enrol and complete the course for a free statement of participation or digital badge if available.

Free course

What is a metal?

Acknowledgements

This free course was written by Maria Velasco-Garcia and adapted by Nicolette Habgood.

Except for third party materials and otherwise stated (see terms and conditions [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] ), this content is made available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 Licence.

The material acknowledged below is Proprietary and used under licence (not subject to Creative Commons Licence). Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following sources for permission to reproduce material in this free course:

115685 Figure 1a: © Juangonzalez64

115686 Figure 1b: © Hawyih

213984 Figure 2: Moving Moment / Shutterstock

232138 Figure 8: Charles D Winters / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group

213977 Figure 12a: Kim Traynor This file is licensed under a Creative Commons CC 2.0 license

213978 Figure 12b: Nieuwland Photography / Alamy Stock Photo

213979 Figure 12c: vsoldatov5 / Shutterstock

213980 Figure 12d: blickpixel / Pixabay

213981 Figure 12e: Cristina Pedrazzini / Science Photo Library / Universal Images Group

213982 Figure 12f: LAWRENCE LIVERMORE NATIONAL LABORATORY / SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY (NOT CLEARED)

106373 Figure 13: Richard Treptow / Photo Researchers / Universal Images Group

Every effort has been made to contact copyright owners. If any have been inadvertently overlooked, the publishers will be pleased to make the necessary arrangements at the first opportunity.

Don't miss out

If reading this text has inspired you to learn more, you may be interested in joining the millions of people who discover our free learning resources and qualifications by visiting The Open University – www.open.edu/ openlearn/ free-courses.

S111_P1

Take your learning further371

Making the decision to study can be a big step, which is why you'll want a trusted University. The Open University has 50 years’ experience delivering flexible learning and 170,000 students are studying with us right now. Take a look at all Open University courses372.

If you are new to university level study, we offer two introductory routes to our qualifications. Find out Where to take your learning next?373 You could either choose to start with an Access courses374or an open box module, which allows you to count your previous learning towards an Open University qualification.

Not ready for University study then browse over 1000 free courses on OpenLearn375 and sign up to our newsletter376 to hear about new free courses as they are released.

Every year, thousands of students decide to study with The Open University. With over 120 qualifications, we’ve got the right course for you.

Request an Open University prospectus371