Uncle Tungsten: Memories of a Chemical Boyhood, Chapters 1 & 2 Questions to Guide Your Reading and Promote Your Development of Fundamental Chemical Knowledge Chapter 1 1. Oliver Sacks describes a number of general properties of metals. What are they? Are these physical or chemical properties that he describes? 2. Oliver also mentions a number of specific elements and alloys as well as properties and applications of each. Which metallic elements does he mention? What are their chemical symbols? Properties? Applications? Which nonmetal does he describe? What is its chemical symbol? In what forms can it exist? What are the properties and applications of each form of the element? What alloys does he mention? From which elements are they made? 3. Why does Oliver say that he is so interested in electricity, magnetism, crystals, and luminescence?