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What are  the Properties of Nickel? Definition of Nickel
What is the definition of Nickel? In a general overview of the element we can at first describe Nickel as a solid. It is a lustrous, silvery-white, hard, metallic element, however, most nickel compounds are blue or green. Nickel occurs sparingly in nature in minerals such as pentlandite and niccolite. It is present in most meteorites. Nickel is used especially for mixing with other metals and for plating.

The Physical and Chemical Properties are the characteristics of a substance, like Nickel, which distinguishes it from any other substance.  Most common substances exist as States of Matter as solids, liquids, gases and plasma. Refer to the article on Nickel Element for additional information and facts about this substance.

Nickel Properties - What are the Physical Properties of Nickel?
What are the Physical Properties of Nickel? The Physical properties of Nickel are the characteristics that can be observed without changing the substance into another substance. Physical properties are usually those that can be observed using our senses such as color, luster, freezing point, boiling point, melting point, density, hardness and odor. The Physical Properties of Nickel are as follows:

  • Color : Silvery-white metal
  • Phase : Solid
  • Conductivity: Fairly good conductor of heat and electricity
  • Ductility: It can be beaten into extremely thin sheets
  • Malleability: Itís capable of being shaped or bent
  • Luster: Exhibits a shine or glow
  • Hardness: Harder than iron
  • Ferromagnetic: Nickel is easily magnetized

Nickel Properties - What are the Chemical Properties of Nickel?
What are the Chemical Properties of Nickel? They are the characteristics that determine how it will react with other substances or change from one substance to another. The better we know the nature of the substance the better we are able to understand it. Chemical properties are only observable during a chemical reaction. Reactions to substances may be brought about by changes brought about by burning, rusting, heating, exploding, tarnishing etc. The Chemical Properties of Nickel are as follows:

  • Corrosion: highly resistant to rusting and corrosion
  • Reactivity with Oxygen: Nickel metal does not react with air under ambient conditions but in the finely dispersed state nickel it ignites spontaneously in air
  • Alloys: Stainless steel and copper-nickel alloy tubing
  • Compounds: Used for electroplating and to make nickel alloys

Facts and Info about Nickel Properties
This article on Nickel properties provide facts and information about the physical and chemical properties of Nickel which are useful as homework help for chemistry students. Additional facts and information regarding the Periodic Table and the elements may be accessed via the Periodic Table Site Map.

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