Tin, 1750BC – First smelted in combination with copper around 3500 BC to produce bronze. Copper, 4200BC – The use of copper in antiquity is of more significance than gold as the first tools, implements and weapons were made from copper. Chromium is a hard, lustrous, steel-gray metal often featured as an alloy in making stainless steel. Chromium makes this list based on its hardness, chromium is used in the plating on automobiles and is also a crucial dietary supplement often contained in organ meats, wheat germ, mushrooms, and broccoli. This is the metal’s ability to withstand being squeezed or compressed. Compressive strength is tested using external forces that place pressure on the material.
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