Most metals are very strong. They have high melting points and they have high heat and electrical conductivity. They are also malleable, which means they can be beaten or pressed into thin sheets.
The uses we make of metals are related to their properties.
|Aluminium||Good strength-to-weight ratio, light, soft, ductile, good conductor of heat and electricity||Kitchen equipment, window frames, overhead electricity cables, drinks' cans, manufacturing aircraft|
|Copper||Malleable and ductile, good conductor of heat and electricity, resistant to corrosion, attractive colour, lustre||Water pipes, electrical wire, decorative goods|
|Titanium||Good strength-to-weight ratio, light, resistant to corrosion, good conductor of heat but poor conductor of electricity||Drill bits, bicycles, golf clubs, watches and laptop computers, medical implants, jewellery, manufacturing aircraft and spacecraft|