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Straighten Up a Line of Atoms

May 01, 2007

Author: Sarah Miller, Washington State University Materials Advantage Chapter

Publication history: Accepted from the Spring 2007 Materials Radio podcast contest (sponsored by the ASM K-12 Education Subcommittee)

Annealing a metal involves heating the metal up. The metal must be hot enough for the atoms to have room to realign within the crystal lattice, but not hot enough to actually melt the metal.

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