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4: Chapter 4 - Bonding in Metals

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    • 4.1: Metallic Bonding
      Electrons can be fed into one end of a metal wire and removed from the other end without causing any obvious change in the physical and chemical properties of the metal. To account for this freedom of movement modern theories of metallic bonding assume that the valence electrons are completely delocalized; that is, they occupy molecular orbitals belonging to the metallic crystal as a whole. These delocalized electrons are often referred to as an electron gas or an electron sea.
    • 4.2: Unit cells and crystal structures
    • 4.3: Crystal structures of metals