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Is there a word for the Group with metals, metalloids and non-metals

  1. Mar 6, 2012 #1
    I was just wondering what the word is that describes the group of Metals and Non-Metals and Metalloids.

    like
    Hydrogen, Calcium, Carbon are all Elements

    Metals, Metalloids and Non-Metals are all _______

    If there happens to be no such word please comment so.
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data



    2. Relevant equations



    3. The attempt at a solution
     
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  3. Mar 6, 2012 #2

    PhysicoRaj

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    Metals, metalloids, non metals come under elements only. They are different TYPES of elements. As to ur three other questions...I would like to know what u r specifically asking.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2012 #3
    I'm wondering what exactly is the word used to group metals, non-metals and metalloids.
     
  5. Mar 6, 2012 #4
    The Periodic Table is split into three groups: metals, non-metals and metalloids. Those three groups ARE the periodic table. So the only answer to your fill-in-the-blank is "Elements."
     
  6. Mar 7, 2012 #5
    But the word "group" in the periodic table is already used (for the vertical columns 1-8).
     
  7. Mar 7, 2012 #6

    cmb

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    Perhaps I misunderstand the question:

    Is the answer not simply matter ?
     
  8. Mar 7, 2012 #7
    Thanks for trying but that's pretty vague, like saying that Toshiba laptops, Mac laptops and Acer laptops are all technology. Perhaps there is no word.
     
  9. Mar 7, 2012 #8

    ehild

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    "categories of elements"?

    ehild
     
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