Physical Properties

Metals, Non-Metals, and Metalloids

Physical Properties of Metals:

Luster (shininess)

Good conductors of heat and electricity

High density (lots of mass in relationship to volume)

High melting point

Ductile (most metals can be drawn out into thin wires)

Malleable (most metals can be hammered into thin sheets)

Theses are are all Physical Properties of Metals

Physical Properties of Nonmetals

No luster (dull appearance)

Poor conductor of heat and electricity

Brittle (breaks easily)

Not ductile

Not malleable

Low density

Low melting point

Physical Properties of Metalloids


Can be shiny or dull



Conduct heat and electricity better than nonmetals but not as well as metals