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How do metals work

  1. Dec 22, 2011 #1
    Can you point me to a good reference on metals. I want to understand for a metal like nickel with 28 electrons how many are free to move in the metal and how many are bound to the nuclei? Thanks.
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  3. Dec 22, 2011 #2


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    Something like this requires a band-structure calculation, at least for a standard band metal.

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