CBSE – 8th Standard Science


Materials – Metals and Non Metals


• Metals are lustrous whereas non-metals have no lustre.

• Metals can be distinguished from non-metals on the basis of their physical and chemical properties.

• Malleability is a characteristic property of metals.

• Iron rod, nail and copper wire are good conductors while rolled sulphur piece and coal piece are poor conductors.

• The things made of metals produce ringing sound when struck hard.

• The materials other than metals are not sonorous.

• Materials are hard, lustrous, malleable, ductile, sonorous and good conductors of heat and electricity.

• In contrast, materials like coal and sulphur are soft and dull in appearance.

• Coal and sulphur break down into powdery mass on tapping with hammer.

• Metals like sodium and potassium are soft and can be cut with a knife.

• Mercury is the only metal which is found in liquid state at room temperature.

• Rust formed by the reaction between iron, oxygen and water.

• When a copper vessel is exposed to moist air for long, it acquires a dull green coating. The green material is a mixture of copper hydroxide and copper carbonate.

• Oxide of magnesium is also basic in nature.

• In general, metallic oxides are basic in nature.

• In a chemical reaction, new substances are formed.




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• When a substance cannot be broken down further by chemical reactions, by cooling, heating, or by electrolysis, it is called ‘element’.

• When sulphur dioxide is dissolved in water sulphurous acid is formed.

• Oxides of non-metals are acidic in nature.

• Non-metals do not react with water though they may be very reactive in air. Such non-metals are stored in water.

• Metals react with acids and produce metal salts and hydrogen gas. Generally, non-metals do not react with acids.

• Non-metals generally do not react with acids but metals react with acids and produce hydrogen gas that burns with a ‘pop’ sound.

• Copper does not react with dilute hydrochloric acid even on heating but it react with sulphuric acid.

• Metals react with sodium hydroxide to produce hydrogen gas.

• Reactions of non-metals with bases are complex.

• Zinc is more reactive than copper and iron.

• A more reactive metal can replace a less reactive metal, but a less reactive one cannot replace a more reactive metal.

• Metals and non-metals are used widely in everyday life.

• Metals are used in making machinery, automobiles, aeroplanes, trains, satellites, industrial gadgets, cooking utensils, water boilers, etc.

• Non-metal essential for our life which all living beings inhale during breathing,

• Magnesium is also found in plants.

• A sample of an element contains only one kind of atoms.

• The atom of an element remains unaffected by physical changes in the element.

• An atom of liquid sulphur would be exactly the same as the atom of solid or vapour sulphur.

• There are not more than 92 naturally occurring elements.

• An important classification of elements is in terms of metals and non-metals. Most of the elements are metals.

• A few are metalloids which possess characters of both metals and non-metals.


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