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Element Groups

Learn about the characteristics that distinguish the Groups of chemical elements.
  1. Alkali Metals (3)
  2. Alkaline Earth Metals (2)
  3. Nonmetals (11)
  4. Semimetals or Metalloids (2)
  5. Transition Metals (11)

Groups of Elements - Periodic Table
Elements can be categorized according to their similar properties. Here's a periodic table that organizes the elements according to groups. Click an element symbol and learn about the group to which it belongs.

Element Groups
These are the element groups found in the periodic table of the elements. There are links to lists of elements within each group.

Element Group Quiz
This ten question multiple choice chemistry quiz tests your ability to match the elements with their element groups in the periodic table.

Actinide Properties
The actinides share common properties, distinct from other rare earth elements.

Alkali Metal Properties
Learn about the common properties shared by the alkali metals.

Alkali Metals Photo Gallery
See examples of the members of the alkali metals element group and learn about the periodic properties of the alkali metals.

Alkaline Earth Properties
The alkaline earths possess the properties shared by all metals, but they have characteristics common to their own group as well.

Carbon Family
Learn about the characteristics and properties of element group 14 of the periodic table, the carbon family.

Halogen Properties
The halogens are a specific group of nonmetals with some distinctive properties.

Halogens Photo Gallery
See examples of the halogen elements and learn about the periodic properties of the halogens.

Lanthanide Properties
Learn about the characteristics of the lanthanide series, one of the rare earth groups.

Metal Properties
Most of the chemical elements are metals of one variety or another. Learn about some of the properties common to this large element group.

Metalloid or Semimetal Properties
The metalloids or semimetals share some of the properties of metals and some of the properties of nonmentals.

Nitrogen Family
Learn about the characteristics and properties of element group 15 of the periodic table, the nitrogen family.

Noble Gas Properties
Get information about the properties shared by the noble or inert gases.

Noble Gas Photo Gallery
See examples of the noble gas elements and learn about the periodic properties of the noble gases.

Nonmetal Properties
Get information about the common characteristics of the nonmetals.

Nonmetals Photo Gallery
See examples of the members of the nonmetal element group and learn about the periodic properties of the nonmetals.

Rare Earth Properties
Learn about the common properties of the rare earths, which include the lanthanide and actinide series of elements.

Transition Metal Properties
Get facts about the transition elements.

Metals List
Most elements are metals. This group includes the alkali metals, alkaline earth metals, transition metals, basic metals, and rare earth elements.

Actinides
Here is a list of elements that are actinides, a subset of the rare earth elements group.

Alkali Metals
These are the elements that belong to the alkali metals group.

Alkaline Earth Metals
Here is a list of elements belonging to the alkaline earth metals group, sometimes simply called the alkaline earths.

Basic Metals
There are several element groups that are considered metals. This is a list of the basic metals.

Halogens
This is a list of elements that belong to the halogen group.

Lanthanides
Here's a list of elements that are lanthanides, a subset of the rare earth group of elements.

Noble Gases
These elements are noble gases, sometimes called inert gases.

Nonmetals List
Here is a list of elements that are considered to belong to the nonmetals group.

Rare Earth Elements
This is a list of rare earth elements, which are metals. The rare earth element group includes the lanthanides and actinides.

Semimetals or Metalloids
This is a list of elements considered to be semimetals or metalloids, elements that have properties of both metals and nonmetals.

Transition Metals
Here is a list of elements that are considered to be transition metals or transition elements.

Element Families
Elements may be categorized according to element families. This is an explanation of element families, with descriptions of each one.

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