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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.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • extension ideas
  • student instructions.
    Published 30 September 2009, Updated 22 November 2013