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Is malleability intensive or extensive?

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Malleability is an intensive physical property, as the malleability of a sample does not depend on the amount of substance present. Malleability refers to how easily a substance can be flattened into thin sheets. For instance, a large amount of gold would prove to be just as malleable as a small amount.

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Intensive properties are those that do not change, regardless of how much of the material is present. Conversely, extensive properties are those that are dependent on the amount of a substance present. Color, density and chemical properties are examples of intensive properties, as these stay the same regardless of the sample quantity. Mass, length and volume are all extensive properties, as they can be changed by removing part of (or adding to) the sample amount.

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