Metals,non-metals and metaloids
They are solid (with the exception of mercury, Hg, a liquid).
They are shiny, good conductors of electricity and heat.
They are ductile (they can be drawn into thin wires).
They are malleable (they can be easily hammered into very thin sheets).
All these metals tend to lose electrons easily. The following figure shows the metals
- Poor thermal conductors
- Poor electrical conductors
- Brittle solids
- Little or no metallic luster
- Gain electrons easily