What is the difference between metals and alloys and metalloids?
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A pure metal is found in nature. An alloy is a combination of metals. Alloys are better because some metals react with air and water yet Alloys dont react as much. This is why car wheels are made of Alloys so that they dont react with air or water. Alloys are simply a mix of two different metals. After being mixed they have different and better characteristics such as stainless steel. Alloys are a special…
The difference between metal elements and alloys is that metal is made up of only one element ( Periodic table of elements ) and alloy is a mixture of metals, or metal and non-metal, for example Brass is an alloy which is made up of copper and zinc, two different elements. Both alloy and metal are good conductors of heat, but alloy has a relatively high melting point when compared to that of metals.
Metals are located on the left of Mendeleev's Periodic Table, and non-metals are located on the right. Metalloids are in-between the two. If you look at the table you'll see it 's skinnier in the middle (I can't think of a better word). The entire skinny part and the two columns to the left of it are all metals. Everything else to the right is either metalloids or non-metals.