Problem: Name two ways in which the metals shown above differ in general appearance from the nonmetals.

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The first photograph shows a collection of metals.  Iron (Fe), Silver (Ag), and Lead (Pb) are all solid metallic cubes.  Copper (Cu) is a collection of metallic shavings, Silver (Ag) is shown as metallic flakes, and Gold (Au) is shown as shiny metallic flakes.  The second photograph shows nonmetals.  Bromine is contained in a flask and is a combination of a dark brown liquid and an orange gas.  Sulfur is a yellow powder, carbon is dark grey chunks, and phosphorous is dark red-brown powder.

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The first photograph shows a collection of metals.  Iron (Fe), Silver (Ag), and Lead (Pb) are all solid metallic cubes.  Copper (Cu) is a collection of metallic shavings, Silver (Ag) is shown as metallic flakes, and Gold (Au) is shown as shiny metallic flakes.  The second photograph shows nonmetals.  Bromine is contained in a flask and is a combination of a dark brown liquid and an orange gas.  Sulfur is a yellow powder, carbon is dark grey chunks, and phosphorous is dark red-brown powder.


Name two ways in which the metals shown above differ in general appearance from the nonmetals.

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