Metal and Alloys
Inorganic Chemistry

What is an alloy - is brass an alloy?


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An alloy is a mixture of two or more different metals. The metals in an alloy aren't chemically bonded together as molecules.

Brass is an alloy, it is a mixture of copper and zinc. Different types of brass are made for different uses, the copper normally represents between 60 and 70% of the mix, and zinc between 30 and 40%. They may also contain traces of tin and iron.