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What are some of the physical properties that distinguish the metallic element from the nonmetals? Are these properties absolute, or do some nonmetallic elements exhibit some metallic properties (and vice versa)?

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Interpretation:

The physical properties that distinguish the metallic elements from the nonmetals are to be stated. Whether the physical properties are absolute or some nonmetallic elements exhibit some metallic properties (and vice versa) is to be stated.

Concept Introduction:

The simplest state of matter which cannot be divided into more simple substances by any physical or chemical process is termed as element. Elements can be classified into three categories which are metals, nonmetals and metalloids.

Explanation

The physical properties that distinguish the metallic elements from the nonmetals are,

  • Generally, all metals are good conductors of heat and electricity whereas nonmetals are poor conductors of heat and electricity.
  • Generally, all metals are ductile in nature that means metals can be easily transformed into wires whereas nonmetals are not ductile in nature.
  • Generally, all metals are malleable in nature that means metals can be easily transformed into sheets whereas nonmetals are not malleable in nature.
  • Generally, all metals, except mercury, are solids at room temperature whereas nonmetals are generally liquids or gases at room temperature...

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