In this activity, students use plasticine and sand to explore how adding other elements can alter the ductility of a metal.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
- define what an alloy is
- relate the physical properties of a metal to its internal structure
- appreciate the use of models in helping to explain scientific phenomena
- describe some of the physical properties that are characteristic of metals.
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- introduction/background notes
- what you need
- what to do
- extension ideas
- student instructions.