Silicon is a metalloid, a semimetallic element that is neither a metal nor a nonmetal but has some of the properties or characteristics of the two. A semi-metal in the periodic table, silicon is one of the elements that ... More »

Magnesium is classified as an alkaline earth metal. Metals are defined as elements that can be hammered into sheets (malleable), made into a wire (ductile) and are good conductors of electricity and heat. More »

Gold is a valuable metal that has an atomic number of 79. Dating back nearly 5,500 years, different civilizations used gold in jewelry and artwork. These early civilizations also used gold as money. More »

Silicon is a metalloid, which means it is a type of metal but has some nonmetal qualities depending on what element it is reacting with. An example of this would be the fact that silicon is not a good conductor of electr... More »

Zinc is classified as a metal element and is a solid at room temperature. It has a melting point of 787 degrees Fahrenheit, a boiling point of 1,665 F and an atomic weight of 65.38. The element zinc is assigned the numbe... More »

An alloy is a solid solution or a mixture that combines a type of metal and another element. For something to be an alloy, it contains at least one of the following: a mixture of metallic phases, solid solution of elemen... More »

Silicon is one of the most-used elements in the world, as both its primary form and silicon compounds can be found in an almost endless number of different products. A common silicon product is silicone, which is a silic... More »