Transition Metals Essay, Research Paper
Transition Elements A transition element is a metal with an ion or a compound with
a partially filled d subshell. Zinc is not a transion metal but is a d block element because
it has a full d subshell. This is shown because its compounds are usually
white. Properties of transition elements: Coloured compounds and ions. Form complex ions.
Have catalytic properties.
Variable oxidation states.
High melting point.
High tensile strength.
A complex is formed when a transition metal ion is surrounded by ligands which dative
covalent bond with it by donating lone pairs of electrons into vacant d
orbitals. The d electrons of the metal ion do not take part in ligand