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Mark Miodownik explains the atomic structure of metals. He describes the advantages that metal had over earlier substances used by man (rock and bone) and, using a computer animation, he outlines the lattice arrangement of atoms that make them both malleable and strong.
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11 May 2012

Classroom Ideas

This clip could be used to introduce metals and how metal structure is linked to its physical properties. Before playing the clip, pose the question "What's so special about metal?" and ask the students to use the clip to come up with answers to be discussed at the end.

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