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How many nonmetals are solids?

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Five nonmetals are solids at room temperature: iodine, carbon, phosphorous, sulfur and selenium. One nonmetal, bromine, is a liquid. The other 11 nonmetals exits as gases at room temperature.

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The majority of elements are classified as metals. Seventeen are classified as nonmetals, including all the noble gases. Nonmetals share some basic characteristics: they tend to be brittle and transparent and lack a metallic shine. All nonmetals tend to be poor conductors of electricity and heat. They make good oxidizing agents and will form acidic oxides. Nonmetals typically have more than 3 electrons in their outer shells, allowing them to share or gain electrons easily. They also have higher electronegativities than the metallic elements.

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