BONDING IN METALS

Chemistry

BONDING IN METALS

BONDING IN METALS.

Bonding in metals

Metal atoms have relatively few electrons in their outer shells. When they are packed together, each metal atom loses its outer electrons into a ‘sea’ of free electrons (or mobile electrons).

Having lost electrons, the atoms are no longer electrically neutral.

They become positive ions because they have lost electrons but the number of protons in the nucleus has remained unchanged.