Describe general properties of transition metalsGeneral properties of transition metals

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Transition metals are sometimes called transition elements and by IUPAC definition, they are atoms with an incomplete d sub-shell orbitals or produce a cation with an incomplete d sub-shell. 

Their general properties are as follows:

  • Low ionization energies --> can for ions easily
  • Positive oxidation states --> cations
  • Very hard --> because of their metallic property
  • High melting points --> a metallic property
  • High boiling points
  • High electrical conductivity --> electrons can freely travel from one atom to the other atom. 
  • Malleable --> can be flatten into sheets

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