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Which reason best explains why metals are shiny?

Nicholas Rivera

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Amanda Johnson on March 11, 2018

Metals are shiny BECAUSE THEIR VALENCE ELECTRONS to move BETWEEN BANDS.Metals are usually shiny in nature, because they possess a large number of free, delocalised electrons, which move between different bands in the metal of the crystals. These free electrons produce a cloud of electrons of negative charge on the surface and beneath the smooth surface of the metal and to do that you have of brilliant appearance.


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