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Elements & Minerals

Elements, Minerals, Periodic Table Vocabulary

TermDefinition
malleability the ability of a substance to be hammered into sheets; bendable
ductility the ability to be pulled into thin wires
corrosion the deterioration of metal caused by the a chemical reaction with the environment
tarnish to lose luster as a result of exposure to air or moisture
electrical conductivity the ability to conduct electricity
reactivity the ability to combine or react with another substance.
magnetism when a substance is attracted by or pushed away from magnets
oxidation the ability of a substance to react with oxygen
viscosity a measure of a fluid’s resistance to flow
pH test determines if a substance is considered an acid or a base
thermal conductivity the ability to conduct heat
combustibility the measure of how easily a substance will set on fire
density measured by the amount of mass per unit volume
metal an element that is generally shiny, is easily pulled into wires or hammered into thin sheets, and is a good conductor of electricity and thermal energy
metalloid an element that has physical and chemical properties of both metals and nonmetals; semiconductors located along the zigzag line of the Periodic Table of Elements
nonmetal an element with no metallic properties (ex: Carbon, Phosphorus, Chlorine, & Helium)
semiconductor a substance that conducts electricity at high temperatures but not at low temperatures
Created by: marybuchholz