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Atomic symbol - Au
Atomic weight - 196.96654
Atomic number - 79
Electron configuration - 2-8-18-32-18-1
Oxidation states - +1, +3
State of matter - solid
Heavy metal-ductile
Discovered in ancient times
Boils at 2966 .C, melts at 1063 .C

It is dense, precious, and has a bright yellow color. It is a good conductor
of heat and electricity and is soft and very malleable and ductile. It is the
malleablist (if that's even a word!) metal known to man. An ounce of it can be
pounded in to a sheet of 300 square feet. In thin sheets it transmits green
light. It is used in printed circuits and semiconductors.

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