Transition Metals

The transition metals make up the middle block of the periodic table (seen below). Like the other elements that are grouped together (alkali metals, halogens), these metals have very similar properties. For example, transition metals are ductile and malleable (bendable), they conduct heat and electricity and are also commonly used as catalysts. Much of the way an element behaves is a result of the configuration of its outer electrons. Many of the transition metals act similarly because they have similar electronic properties.

Things to Think About