Why are some metals sonorous?


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    I need to explain this with regards to the metallic bond. It would also be good if you could explain why certain metals are sonorous and others aren't.

    +Rep for those who can help!

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    The metallic bond is a delocalised connection meaning that the electron cloud is free to move - as a result the dissipation of energy in metals is very low, so when struck the energy is caught in a damping effect causing the metal to resonate

    I however am not sure why some metals don't show this property - I was thinking that density had a role (as group 1 metals arn't sonorous) but then realised that lead (very dense) isn't sonorous either

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    Thanks :woo:

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