You may have heard certain metals called noble metals. Here is a look at what the noble metals are, which metals are included and the properties of the noble metals.
What Are the Noble Metals?The noble metals are a group of metals that resist oxidation and corrosion in moist air. They are the opposite of the base metals, which more readily oxidize and corrode.
Which Metals Are Noble Metals?There is more than one list of noble metals. The following metals are considered noble metals (listed in order of increasing atomic number):
Physics Definition of Noble MetalsChemistry allows for a loose definition of noble metals, but the physics definition is more restrictive. In physics, a noble metal is one which has filled electronic d-bands. According to this definition, only gold, silver and copper are noble metals.
View the Chart of Noble and Precious Metals.