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What are the physical properties of zinc?

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Zinc has many physical properties; the metal is blueish-white, brittle at ambient temperatures and has a low boiling point and low melting point. The metal is lustrous, but when the metal is seen in a commercial grade, it has a dull finish to it.

Zinc is a dense metal, though less dense than iron, meaning that it is heavy and will sink in water. The physical properties of zinc changes some depending on the temperature it is exposed to. Normally hard and brittle, it becomes malleable between 212 and 320 degrees Fahrenheit. Once the metal hits 410 degrees it becomes brittle once more. When viewing the structure of the metal, it has a very clear hexagonal crystal structure.


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