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Metals are today among the most important materials due to their various properties. However, man first had to learn how to produce and process them. Although more than 75% of the elements have metallic properties, in the development of mankind it is initially only some of the metals that are of importance:

  • Gold
  • Copper
  • Tin
  • Lead
  • Iron

as well as mixtures, so-called alloys of these and other metallic and non-metallic elements.

Sample properties

The properties of the sample depends on the problem, the metal and the analysis method. Information on this can also be found under the various methods.