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As a metal it should satisfy all the properties of a metal.But why MERCURY is a metal...

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Posted May 25, 2013 at 2:14 PM via web

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As a metal it should satisfy all the properties of a metal.But why MERCURY is a metal which is not satisfying all the properties of a metal?

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted May 25, 2013 at 2:43 PM (Answer #1)

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I'm not sure what property you are referring to?  Mercury meets all properties of being a metal.  It is the only metal that is at a liquid form at normal temperatures on a account of its exceptionally low melting point of -39 degrees Celsius (-38 degrees Fahrenheit), but being a solid isn't a necessary requirement of a metal.  It also isn't the only liquid metal.  Francium, cesium and gallium all melt at around or just above room temperature.

For the most part, metals are highly conductive, electrically and thermally, and are shiny.  Most of high densities, but not all of them do.  Metals are also ductile.  These are all properties of mercury.

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abhi4307 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted May 28, 2013 at 1:03 PM (Answer #2)

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Mercury does not satisfy all the conditions of a metal because it remains liquid at room temperature.
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atyourservice | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2014 at 5:34 PM (Answer #3)

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It stays liquid at room temperature, and it is the only metal known to do so.

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fashionableb1 | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Salutatorian

Posted March 24, 2014 at 8:31 PM (Answer #4)

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It stays liquid at room temperature

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zumba96 | TA , Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted May 17, 2014 at 10:25 PM (Answer #5)

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Because it stays liquid at room temperature and is the only known metal to do so 

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givingiswinning | Student, Grade 10 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted July 31, 2014 at 11:36 AM (Answer #6)

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It stays liquid at room temperature

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