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Non- Metals

Non- metals are the bad conductor of heat and electricity. They are found mostly in the gaseous form. Some of the examples of non- metals are elements like hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorous, chlorine etc. They are electronegative in nature. Non- metals are found in earth's crust and atmosphere. The human body also contains non- metals. The hardest and most precious non- metal is a diamond. Some of the properties of non- metals are given below,

Properties of Metals

Physical properties

  • They are bad conductors of heat and electricity except graphite.
  • They are non- malleable.
  • They are non- ductile.
  • They have low melting point and boiling point.
  • They are found in all three state i.e.solid, liquid and gas.
  • They are transparent and do not have metallic lusture except graphite and diamond.
  • They are soft. (except diamond)
  • Non- metals are not sonorous.

Chemical Properties

  • Oxides of non- metals are either acidic or neutral in nature.
  • They behave as oxidizing agents.
  • They react with hydrogen to produce covalent compounds.
  • They have a tendency to receive electrons.

Comparison between metals and non- metals

S.N Properties Metals Non-metals
1 State All, except mercury, metals are solid at ordinary temperature. Non-metals are found in all three states at ordinary temperature.
2 Metallic lusture They possess metallic luster when they are freshly cut. Except lithium. Non-metals except Iodine and graphite, do not possess any metallic luster.
3 Hardness They are generally hard because the molecules are closely packed in them. They are generally soft in nature except diamond.
4 Breakability They are hardly broken into pieces. They can be easily broken.
5 Melting and boiling point The melting and boiling points of metals are generally high. They have usually low melting and boiling points.
6 Metallic clink Metals, when struck with a hammer emit a peculiar sound called metallic clink. They do not emit any metallic sound.
7 Malleability They can be beaten into thin plate except antimony, arsenic, and bismuth. Such property is known as malleability. They are non-malleable.
8 Ductility Wire can be made from metals. Such property is known as ductility. They are non-ductile.
9 Conductivity They are generally good conductors of heat and electricity. They are poor conductors of heat and electricity except graphite.
10 Specific gravity They have high specific gravity except Li, Na, K, Ca etc. They have low specific gravity except diamond.
11 Electrochemical behavior They form cations or electropositive ions by the loss of electrons. They form anions or electronegative ions by the gain of electrons.
12 Alloy formation Metals have the dissolving power to the other metals to form a homogenous mixture. They generally do not form alloys.
13 Reaction with oxygen Metals forms basic oxides. Non-metals form an acidic oxide.
14 Reaction with hydrogen Metals rarely combines with hydrogen to form unstable hydrides. Non-metals usually combine with hydrogen to give stable hydrides.
15 Reaction with acids Most of the metals reacts with dilute acids to form salts and hydrogen. Usually non-metals do not form salts.

Metalloids
Example of Metalloids

Metalloids

The elements that show the properties of both metals and non-metals are called metalloids. Examples of metalloids are arsenic, antimony and germanium.

Metalloids possess the following characteristics:

  • They are a poor conductor of heat and electricity.
  • They possess metallic luster.
  • They form alloys.
  • They are neither malleable nor ductile.

Alloys
Example of Alloys

Alloys

An alloy is defined as a homogeneous mixture of two or more metals and non-metals. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

Alloys have the following properties:

  • Generally alloys are harder than their components.
  • They are good conductors of heat and electricity.
  • They have low melting point.
  • Alloys increase the strength of metals.
  • They are malleable and ductile.



  • Metals, when struck with a hammer emit a peculiar sound called metallic clink.
  • They can be beaten into thin plate except antimony, arsenic and bismuth. Such property is known as malleability.
  • Wire can be made from metals. Such property is known as ductility.
  • The elements that show the properties of both metals and non-metals are called metalloids.
  • An alloy is defined as a homogenous mixture of two or more metals and non-metals.
  • Non- metals are bad conductor of heat and electricity. 
  •  The hardest and most precious non- metal is diamond.
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An alloy is defined as a homogeneous mixture of two or more metals and non-metals. For example, brass is an alloy of copper and zinc.

Properties of alloy are:

  1. They have low melting point.
  2. They are good conductors of heat and electricity.

The elements that show the properties of both metals and non-metals are called metalloids. Examples of metalloids are arsenic and germanium.

Metals, when struck with a hammer emit a peculiar sound called metallic clink.

Metals are those elements which can conduct heat and electricity but non-metals are bad conductors of heat and electricity.

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  • What is meaning of sonorous nature of metals?

    it is very shiny
    it emits sonic waves
    It produces a deep ringing sound
    it has high density
  • What is an example of non-metal?

    Na
    Iodine
    Platinum
    Beryllium
  • What makes graphite different from other non-metals?

    It can conduct electricity while others don't
    It is very hard while other aren't
    It is malleable while others aren't
    It has metallic lush while others hasn't
  • The hardest naturally occurring substance known is a

    metal
    Non-metal
    Ore
    Alloy
  • Which is not a metalloid?

    Radium
    Silicon
    Arsenic
    Germanium
  • Which can't be mixed with gold for purpose of hardening it?

    Silicon
    Arsenic
    Sulphur
    Silver
  • Brass is an alloy consisting of ______.

    Zinc and iron


    Chromium and iron


    Zinc and Magnesium


    Zinc and copper


  • Which non-metal participates in alloying?

    Radium
    Phosphorus
    Bromine
    Carbon
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Why graphite and iodine shine even they are non metal


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