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Bronze

Introduction

Bronze is a metallic alloy which is 88% copper (Cu) and 12% tin (Sn). Bronze has been used both as a commodity and a medium of art, used to create sculptures such as the one shown below.

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Composition and Chemical Properties

Bronze is an alloy of copper and tin, mostly copper. Copper is the 29th element of the periodic table and its symbol is Cu. The symbol Cu is derived from the Latin word for copper, “cuprum.” Tin is the 50th element of the periodic table and its symbol is Sn. Like Copper, Sn is derived from the Latin word for tin, “stannum.”

Usually, bronze does not oxidize very much. It has a lower melting point than both iron and steel, making it a perfect medium for sculpture. Its typical melting point is around 1,742 degrees Fahrenheit. Though weaker than steel, it is a better conductor of both heat and electricity than steel.

Typical Use

Bronze is especially resistant to corrosion by seawater, so it is used to make ship propellers and the sub-water parts of ships. Parts made of bronze are also used for springs, clips, and electrical connectors, due to its resilience.

Fun Facts

Bronze usually goes for about $3.50 to $5.00 a pound, well below the price of gold per pound, which is about $21,000.

Appearance

The color of bronze is, bronze! Bronze can also be described as a lustrous dark orange and brown color.

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