How can metals be distinguished from non metals on the periodic table?

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Jun 7, 2016

Unfortunately, there's no universal agreement on this, but many versions of the Periodic Table will offer some guidance.


Certainly, all of the elements in Groups 1-12 except hydrogen are considered metals.

There's pretty good agreement that all of the elements in columns 17 and 18, plus elements #"H, C, P, Se"#, and the elements to the right of them are non-metals.

As you go down a Group, the elements become more metallic.

Most chemists would say that #"Al, Ga, In, Tl, Nh, Sn, Pb, Fl, Bi, Mc,"# and #"Lv"# are metals.

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In between these broad groups are the metalloids and semiconductors, and different versions of the Periodic Table differ in how individual elements in this region are classified.