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The Wonder Metal

The Wonder Metal

 

Credit: Makaristos
Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:N606AA-2008-09-13-YVR.jpg
License: CC BY-NC 3.0

Both the frame and engine of this jumbo jet are made of the metal titanium. Titanium is sometimes called “the wonder metal.” What makes it so wonderful?

Amazing but True!

  • Titanium shares many of the same properties as other metals-but in spades!
  • Titanium is extremely resistant to corrosion and has a very high melting point. It’s also an excellent conductor of heat and electricity. In addition, it’s very strong but light in weight. You can see an amazing demonstration of titanium’s strength by watching this video: 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P0eP-6j8d6s

  • With all these wonderful properties, it’s no surprise that titanium and its alloys have hundreds of real world applications. Watch this video to see some of the many things that are made of titanium: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c7dK6VQ25VA

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Learn more about titanium and metals in general at the links below. Then answer the questions that follow.

  1. What are metals? What are some of their properties?
  2. Describe metallic bonding.
  3. Relate metallic bonding to the properties of metals.
  4. Compare and contrast titanium with other metals.
  5. Why is titanium expensive? Why might it go down in price in the future?
  6. Identify three specific uses of titanium. Explain why titanium’s properties make it well suited for each use.

Image Attributions

  1. [1]^ Credit: Makaristos; Source: http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:N606AA-2008-09-13-YVR.jpg; License: CC BY-NC 3.0

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