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Metallic Character

Author: Marilyn Nowicki

This lesson will describe metallic character and describe how it changes throughout the periodic table.

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An element that exhibits the physical and chemical properties of metals has metallic character. These elements would have a shiny luster, be good conductors of heat and electricity, and have other properties common to metals.


As you go across a period on the periodic table, the most metallic elements are on the left side of the periodic table, with increasing metallic character as you go down a column. Elements that are less metallic are found on the right of the periodic table.

Metallic Character