Metals, Non-Metals and Metalloids

By: Alyssa M. Cox


A metal is an element that has the following properties:

  • Shiny luster
  • Good conductor of electricity and heat
  • High density
  • High melting point
  • Ductile
  • Malleable
  • Easily loses electrons
  • Corrode

Examples of metals are Nickel, Gold and Colbalt


A Non-Metal is an element opposite of a metal. It has the following properties:

  • Dull luster
  • Poor conductor of electricity and heat
  • Low density
  • Brittle
  • Low melting point
  • Gains electrons

Examples of non-metals are Helium, Neon, and Hydrogen


A Metalloid is an element that is a mix between metals and non-metals. It shares these properties:

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  • can be shiny or dull
  • ductile
  • malleable
  • conducts better than non-metals but not as well as metals