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Malleability of Metallic Bonds

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Malleability is a significant property of metallic bonding.

Which one of the following BEST accounts for why malleability occurs?

A

The highly flexible structure of the atoms due to a lack of an internal structure.

B

The high potential energy of the substance due to the free floating electrons.

C

The ability of the cations to slide past one another due to the delocalization of the electrons.

D

The repulsion of the cations for each other causes the solid to easily spread with little resistance.