Problem: You are hiking in the mountains and find a shiny gold nugget. It might be the element gold, or it might be "fools gold," which is a nickname for iron pyrite, FeS2.Which of the following physical properties do you think would help determine if the shiny nugget is really gold?

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We're being asked to identify the physical properties that would help determine if the shiny nugget is really gold


Recall physical property:

• does not depend on changing the chemical structure or chemical make-up of the matter observed
• can be observed or measured without changing the matter chemically

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You are hiking in the mountains and find a shiny gold nugget. It might be the element gold, or it might be "fools gold," which is a nickname for iron pyrite, FeS2.

Which of the following physical properties do you think would help determine if the shiny nugget is really gold?

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