Base Metal

Base Metal

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Please note that the content of this book primarily consists of articles available from Wikipedia or other free sources online. In chemistry, the term base metal is used informally to refer to a metal that oxidizes or corrodes relatively easily, and reacts variably with diluted hydrochloric acid (HCl) to form hydrogen. Examples include iron, nickel, lead and zinc. Copper is considered a base metal as it oxidizes relatively easily, although it does not react with HCl. Base is used in the sense of low-born, in opposition to noble or precious metal. In alchemy, a base metal was a common and inexpensive metal, as opposed to precious metals, mainly gold and silver. A long-time goal of the alchemists was the transmutation of base metal into precious metal.show more

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  • Paperback | 208 pages
  • 152 x 229 x 12mm | 313g
  • Cred Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 6135674099
  • 9786135674095