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I was doing some (last minute) summer holiday homework in the form of tests to prepare for my chemistry class next year and I stumbled upon a question which I have really been struggling over and I was wondering if there was anyone that could help?
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“Would you classify germanium as a metal or a non-metal? Give your reasons.”
As I delved deeper into research I learnt it’s actually a metalloid displaying properties of both metals and non-metals but could not find anything to actually write that would be suitable without writing paragraphs. This is a gcse practice question so I do not believe I am supposed to write about metalloids and over complicate it, so would anyone be able to help me with a 3 mark answer to this question?
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(Original post by lcrabt21)
I was doing some (last minute) summer holiday homework in the form of tests to prepare for my chemistry class next year and I stumbled upon a question which I have really been struggling over and I was wondering if there was anyone that could help?
The question is:
“Would you classify germanium as a metal or a non-metal? Give your reasons.”
As I delved deeper into research I learnt it’s actually a metalloid displaying properties of both metals and non-metals but could not find anything to actually write that would be suitable without writing paragraphs. This is a gcse practice question so I do not believe I am supposed to write about metalloids and over complicate it, so would anyone be able to help me with a 3 mark answer to this question?
There is no straight forward 'three mark answer'
If I were asked is germanium a metal or a non-metal I would answer: no, neither, sometimes its chemistry is more like that of Tin (ie metallic) and sometimes more like that of silicion (ie non metallic).
A bit of a trick question, in reality you could choose metal or non metal and select properties to back up your choice
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It's like "Is a mushroom a plant or an animal" the correct answer is "No, it is neither a plant nor an animal"

It's a metalloid, it has properties similar to both and somewhere in between.
What they really want you to do is describe it's properties, state which ones are metal-like and why, state which ones are non-metal-like and why, then conclude that it's neither a metal nor a non-metal it's a metalloid.
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