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How are elements classified?

Asked by J. Pollock, Last updated: Sep 11, 2020

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Answered Mar 14, 2019

Elements are organized via the period table which lists the elements according to their atomic weight. In the periodic table, elements are
classified by their ability to gain and lose electrons.

Elements are organized via the period table which lists the elements according to their atomic
The three general classes are metals (which lose electrons easily), nonmetals (which gainelectrons easily), and noble gasses (which neither gain nor lose electrons easily). Another group, called metalliods can both lose and gain electronsin moderation.

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