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What Are the Differences Between Metals and Nonmetals?

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  • Often you can identify a material as a metal or a nonmetal just by looking at it. For example, you can tell this foil is a metal. Metallic luster is one characteristic of metals, but if you're asked to distinguish between metals and nonmetals on a test, you're going to need more than one difference between them. Here's a nice extensive list of differences between metals and nonmetals to help you tell them apart based on physical and chemical properties.

     

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