10th Class Science Metals and Non-metals

Metals and Non-metals

Category : 10th Class

Metals and Non - metals


There are about 118 elements, from which 92 are naturally occurring. Metals and non-metals are characterized by their physical and chemical properties.


Characteristics of Metals


  • Metals have tendency to lose electrons.
  • Metals are strong and tough.
  • Metals have high melting and boiling point.
  • Most of the metals are malleable or can be changed into thin sheets. For example, aluminium can be drawn into thin sheets.
  • Metals are ductile or can be drawn out into thin wires. For example, copper can be drawn into wire.
  • Metals are good conductor of electricity and heat.
  • Metals are solids at room temp except mercury, which is a liquid.
  • Metals are lustrous.
  • Metals tend to have low ionization energies. In other words they gets oxidized when they undergo chemical reactions.
  • Metals from compounds with non – metals that are ionic in nature.
  • Most metal oxides are basic oxides. They dissolve in water to form metal hydroxides.

\[Metal\,Oxide+water\to metal\,hydroxide\]

\[N{{a}_{2}}O(s)+{{H}_{2}}O(l)\to 2NaOH(aq)\]

\[CaO(s)+{{H}_{2}}O(l)\to Ca{{(OH)}_{2}}(aq)\]

  • Metal oxides exhibit their basic chemical nature by reacting with acids to form salts ice water:

\[Metal\,oxide+acid\to salt+water\]

\[MgO(s)+HCl(aq)\to MgC{{l}_{2}}(aq)+{{H}_{2}}O(l)\]

\[NiO(s)+{{H}_{2}}S{{O}_{4}}(aq)\to NiS{{O}_{4}}(aq)+{{H}_{2}}O(l)\]


Characteristics of Non Metals


  • Non- metals have tendency to gain electrons.
  • Non- metals are brittle. They are neither malleable nor ductile.
  • Non -metals are non- lustrous.
  • Non -metals are poor conductors of heat and electricity.
  • Non- metals have melting point lower than metals.
  • Non- metals, gain electrons or reacting with metals to attain noble gas electrons configuration and become anions.
  • Most non -metal oxides are acidic oxides. These acidic oxides dissolve in water to form acids.

\[Non\,metal\,oxide+water\to acid\]

\[C{{O}_{2}}(g)+{{H}_{2}}O(l)\to {{H}_{2}}C{{O}_{2}}(aq)\]

(carbonic acid)

  • Non -metal oxides can combine with bases to form salt and water.



Metalloids have properties intermediate between the metals and non- metals. Silicon for example appears lustrous, but is neither malleable nor ductile but is brittle which the characteristic of some non -metals. Metalloids are also useful in the semi- conductor industry.

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