Problem: At room temperature, a certain element is found to be a soft, silver-colored solid that reacts violently with water and is a good conductor of electricity.Is the element likely to be a metal, a nonmetal, or a semimetal?

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In this problem, we are asked to determine if the element described is a metal, nonmetal, or a semimetal.


Recall that using the periodic table, we can classify the elements in many ways. One useful way is by metals, nonmetals, and metalloids. The periodic table is organized in families and periods.

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At room temperature, a certain element is found to be a soft, silver-colored solid that reacts violently with water and is a good conductor of electricity.

Is the element likely to be a metal, a nonmetal, or a semimetal?

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