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What will happen to a non-metal atom if it combines with a metal atom?

What will happen to a non-metal atom if it combines with a metal atom?

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A. Lose electrons and decrease in size.
B. Lose electrons and increase in size.
C. Gain electrons and decrease in size.
D. Gain electrons and increase in size.

This question is part of Chemistry Regents Prep #1
Asked by Prasoon Dangal, Last updated: Feb 25, 2020

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Smangele Snothile

Smangele Snothile

Answered Feb 19, 2019

Metalluc will lose electrons and form negative ions

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c.Dorothy

C.Dorothy

Answered Dec 08, 2017

A nonmetal atom or element does not have much or any metal in it. These types of elements have certain characteristics about them compared to the metals that are on the periodic chart. Nonmetals can be vaporized in simple ways and they can conduct heat. On the periodic table, there are 17 elements that are considered to be nonmetals. They are hydrogen, xenon, radon, krypton, fluorine, nitrogen, helium, oxygen, neon, argon, and chlorine.

These are the nonmetals that are gases. The other six elements that are nonmetals include sulfur, selenium, bromine, carbon, radon, phosphorus, and iodine. These are all solids except bromine which is a liquid. If you combined a nonmetal atom with a metal atom, the atom would become larger and there would be more electrons.

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John Smith

John Smith

Answered Mar 20, 2017

Gain electrons and increase in size.

Metals tend to lose electrons and becoming smaller ions; while nonmetals tend to gain electrons and become larger ions.
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