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Bronze was the first ever alloy that was invented or developed and used by man. In fact, the first civilization that used Bronze was Egypt, dating back to 3500 years B.C.
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Key Facts & Information
WHERE DOES ITS NAME COME FROM?
- The word bronze that originated from 1730-40 is borrowed from the French bronze already in use since 1511.
- The French word was borrowed from the Italian word bronzo from the 13th Century, and directly means “bell metal, brass.”
PHYSICAL PROPERTIES AND CHEMICAL COMPONENTS
- Bronze is a type of alloy, and alloys are a combination of metals or a combination of one or more metals with non-metallic elements.
- Breaking down the component of alloys – and not to be confused with the genre of music – metal is a material that shows lustrous (shiny) properties when freshly prepared, polished, or fractured.
- Metals are used for their conductive properties, which means they can transfer heat and electricity very well.
- Physically, metals are malleable, a property of a material that can be hammered into thin sheets. Hence there are things such as aluminum foil or cans that are made out of tin.
- Metals are also ductile, the property of a material in which they could be drawn into wires. Hence, the existence of bronze or copper wires.
- To be classified as a metal, it could be a single element such as iron, or an alloy like Bronze.
- Bronze, as an alloy, primarily consists of copper, combined with 12-12.5% of tin, and commonly contains the addition of other metals such as aluminum, manganese, nickel, or zinc.
- Since the composition of Bronze may vary depending on the combinations of other metals other than copper and tin, a more comprehensive range of alloys may be produced.
- This could be harder than copper alone or may have other practical properties such as stiffness, ductility, or machinability.
- The oldest alloy of Bronze that was found by archaeologists was buried at an archeological site in Pločnik in Serbia, and it dates back as far as 4500 B.C.
- How Bronze was discovered is unknown, but one theory suggests that Bronze may have been discovered when copper and tin-rich rocks were mixed and melted to make campfire rings.
- 6500 years ago, humans were using tools made of stone. The discovery of the oldest bronze alloy indicates the start of the Bronze Age in different parts of the world.
- The first signs that the use of Bronze was spreading was said to be by the people of ancient Sumeria, appearing in the Tigris, Euphrates and Western Asia.
- The Bronze age is the time when people used tools made out of bronze.
- Even though materials like wood and stone were also used, bronze was preferred for it was better for cutting and chopping.
- Bronze was also favored because it is malleable enough, or it is easy to shape.
- The Bronze Age is not a definite length of time or years because it did not start in all places at once, as different people from different groups used bronze for their tools at different times.
- In Western Europe, the Bronze Age lasted from about 2000 BC until 800 BC.
- While the Middle East started to use bronze a thousand years earlier, just like in Mesopotamia where the Bronze Age started from about 3500-3300 BC.
- Archaeologists believe that the Bronze Age helped humans in being more civilized and organized as the production of Bronze tools required more certain and advanced skills.
- The Bronze Age ended when the Iron Age started.
- Phosphor Bronze is used for ships’ propellers, musical instruments, and electrical contacts.
- Bronze is suitable for making components of ships as it is resistant to saltwater corrosion.
- Silicon Bronze was introduced in the 20th Century.
- It is a type of bronze in which Silicon is the primary alloying element.
- This alloy is widely used in the field of art, specifically, in the art of making sculptures.
- Artists or Sculptors may prefer silicon bronze because silicon bronze brazing rod is readily available; this allowed them color-matched repair of defects when casting a sculpture.
- A wide range of common Bronze alloys can fill the finest details in a mold of sculptures because they have the desirable property of expanding slightly before it sets.
- Bronze, when drawn into a wire, is still sturdy or could be bent without fracturing or breaking. That is why they are also used for bearings, clips, electrical connectors, and springs.
This is a fantastic bundle which includes everything you need to know about bronze across 24 in-depth pages. These are ready-to-use Bronze worksheets that are perfect for teaching students about the bronze which was the first ever alloy that was invented or developed and used by man. In fact, the first civilization that used Bronze was Egypt, dating back to 3500 years B.C.
Complete List Of Included Worksheets
- Bronze Facts
- Just Facts
- Complete the Sentences
- Spot The Bronze
- Made of Bronze
- The Bronze Age
- Bronze Uses Checklist
- Other Alloys
- Precious Substances
- My Bronze Creation
- Bronze Acrostics
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