Properties of non-metal

Non-metals usually show some or all of the following properties:
• They display a variety of colours.
• They are poor conductors of heat and electricity.
• They are not lustrous, sonorous, or malleable.

Examples of non-metals are hydrogen, oxygen, iodine, carbon (coal, coke), bromine, chlorine etc. Some elements have intermediate properties between those of metals and non-metals, they are called metalloids; examples are boron, silicon, germanium, etc.

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