Tin is a malleable, ductile and highly crystalline silvery-white metal. When a bar of tin is bent, a crackling sound known as the “tin cry” can be heard due to the twinning of the crystals.
Tin is used to form many useful alloys. Bronze is an alloy of tin and copper. Tin and lead are alloyed to make pewter, which is 85-99% tin, and solder.
What about tin cans?
Most people think “tin cans” are tin, but they’re actually made mostly of steel, with a thin coating of tin to resist corrosion from water.
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