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Definition of Silver
What is the definition of Silver? It is a lustrous white, ductile, malleable metallic element, occurring both un-combined and in ores such as argentite, having the highest thermal and electrical conductivity of the metals.. The Physical and Chemical Properties are the characteristics of a substance, like Silver, 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 Silver Element for additional information and facts about this substance.

Silver Properties - What are the Physical Properties of Silver?
What are the Physical Properties of Silver? The Physical properties of Silver 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 Silver are as follows:

  • Color : White
  • Luster  : Lustrous shine and is capable of a high degree of polish
  • Ductility : It can be beaten into extremely thin sheets
  • Malleability : Capable of being shaped or bent
  • Conductivity : Excellent electrical and heat conductor. It has the highest electrical and thermal conductivity of any metal
  • Solubility : Solubility (ability to be dissolved)
  • Hardness : A relatively soft metal
  • Density : It is a dense metal

Silver Properties - What are the Chemical Properties of Silver?
What are the Chemical Properties of Silver? 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 Silver are as follows:

  • Chemical Formula : Ag
  • Reactivity : Silver does not react with O2, N2, or H2at normal temperatures
  • Oxidation : A thin film on the surface of silver as a result of oxygen absorption that increases with temperature and pressure
  • Compounds : Silver forms complex compounds, most of which are soluble in water
  • Cyanidation : The extraction from ores requires cyanidation - the dissolution of silver in an alkaline solution of sodium cyanide with an inlet for air
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