• Question: Why do some materials have higher melting points than others?(e.g metal & plastic?)

    Asked by maddiec to Christina, Jess on 28 Jun 2013.
    • Photo: Christina Pagel

      Christina Pagel answered on 28 Jun 2013:

      Jess will answer this better than me, but i think it’s due to the structure of the materials – structure with tighter bonds between the atoms/molecules will have a higher melting point (because it takes more energy to break those bonds and let the atoms/molecules move around more freely).