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A Guide to Metals and the Periodic Table

 

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A Guide to Metals and the Periodic Table

There are a number of metals which have been discovered. They generally have similar properties such as being shiny, able to conduct electricity and remain solid at around room temperature. Non-metals are usually the opposite of metals in their properties. They are not shiny, are not good at conducting electricity and at room temperature may remain a solid or turn into liquid or a gas.

Some examples of what are considered metals are Aluminum, Potassium, Gold, Silver, Copper, Sodium and Mercury. Elements that would be considered non-metals in the periodic table include Nitrogen, Oxygen and Hydrogen. There are also a group of elements that have some properties of both metals and non-metals. And tend to fall in the category between the two groups. They are called metalloids and elements in this group include Silicon, Boron and Carbon.

The periodic table is a key component to understanding properties and how they relate in the field of chemistry. To help learn more about metals, non-metals and even metalloids, we have put together the following helpful pages:

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