Class 10 Metals and Non-Metals: CBSE Notes, Important Definitions, Chemical Reactions and Equations

CBSE Class X Chemistry - Chapter 3, Metals and Non-metals

1. There are 115 elements known to now.
2. Brass and bronze are highly sonorous and so used in making bells.
3. Silver is the best conductor of electricity followed by Cu, Au, Al, and W (Tungsten). Mercury and lead have low electrical conductivity due to high resistance.
4. Amphoteric oxides being acidic as well as basic, turn red litmus blue as well as blue litmus red.
5. Alkalis turn phenolphthalein pink and turn red litmus blue.
6. Metal oxides react with acids to form salt and water.
7. At room temperature metals like - Al, Zn, Cu, Mg, Sn, Pb form oxide on their surface and became dull. Mercury forms red coloured oxide, HgO.
8. Non-metals gain electrons to form negative ions in order to compete their octet ie., 8 electrons in their outermost orbit.
9. Metals tend to loose electrons to acquire nearest noble gas configuration.
10. Iodine is a non-metal but has metallic lustre.
11. Gallium (Ga) is a metal which becomes liquid if kept on palm. It has very low melting point while its boiling point is very high. Because of this property it is useful for high temperature thermometers.
12. Tungsten (W) has the highest melting point.
13. Graphite is the only non-metal which is good conductor of heat and electricity.
14. Non-metals have generally low density except diamond which has high density.
15. Non-metals generally not firm alloys. Only exception is carbon which is alloyed with iron to form steel.
16. Cinnabar is a bright red naturally occurring form of Mercury sulphide, HgS. It is the chief Ore of Mercury.
17. Blister copper is a kind of impure copper having spots or blisters due to evolution of Sulphur dioxide.
18. Sodium Chloride (NaCl) does not exist as molecules but as aggregates of oppositely charged ions.
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CBSE NOTES : terms & Definitions
Metals are the elements which are usually hard, malleable and ductile. They are sonorous and have metallic lustre. Metals are also good conductors of heat and electricity.
Metals are mostly solids with high density and high melting and boiling points. They can loose electrons easily from positive ions.
1. Some metals like sodium and potassium, magnesium are the only metals which can be cut with knife.
2. Mercury is the only metal which is liquid at room temperature.
3. Lead, Sodium, Potassium and Lithium are the only metals which are not ductile.
4. Pb and Hg are poor conductors of heat.
The process of forming oxide layer on the surface of metal is called anodising. For example, aluminium forms an oxide layer on its surface when exposed to air. This layer of aluminium oxide protects aluminium from corrosion. The layer can be made thicker with the help of anodising.
Aqua Regia

Aqua Regia is a mixture of conc. HCl and conc. HNO3 in the ratio of 3:1. It can dissolve gold and platinum although none of these two metals react with conc. HCl or conc. HNO3 alone. Aqua Regia is a strong oxidising agent due to the formation of NOCl  (Nitrosyl Chloride) and Chlorine produced by a reaction of two acids. It is highly corrosive and fuming liquid. Therefore, Aqua Regia should be kept away from eyes and skin.
Non-metals are those materials which are found in all the three states  (solid, liquid and gas), non-lustrous, non-sonorous, and neither malleable nor ductile. These are bad conductors of heat and electricity. The oxides of non-metals are acidic in nature. Non-metal elements tend to gain electrons and form negative ions (anion).
Non-metals have generally low melting and boiling points except diamond, graphite, boron and Silicon which have high melting and boiling points.
These are homogeneous mixture of two or more metals, or a metal and a non-metal. For example, brass is an alloy of Cu and Zn. Alloying is a very good method of improving the properties of a metal:
(i) Alloys do not get corroded or corroded to very less extent.
(ii) They are harder and stronger than pure metal, e.g., gold mixed with copper is harder than pure gold.
(iii) Alloys are less conducting than pure metals, e.g., copper is a good conductor of heat and electricity whereas its alloys like - brass and bronze are not good conductors.
(iv) The melting point of an alloy is less than that of pure metals. For example, Solder, which is an alloy of lead and tin, has lower melting points than either tin or lead. Solder is used for soldering (welding) of electrical wires.
In an alloy, if one of the metals is Mercury then the alloy is known as amalgam.
Minerals are the natural materials in which metals occur in the form of their compounds. Minerals are found in the earth's crust and also in sea water.
It is a process in which the sulphide ores are converted into oxides by heating strongly in presence of excess air. For example,

It is a process in which the carbonate ores are changed into oxides by heating strongly either in limited or in absence of air. This process also helps to remove moisture or volatile impurities. For example,
The substance which reacts with gangue to form a fusible mass which can easily be removed, is known as flux. For example, in the extraction of iron from ore, CaO  (as lime) is used as flux to remove SiO2 (Silica) which is present as gangue.
This is the fusible mass formed by the reaction of flux and gangue is known as slag.
Slag is lighter than molten metal and so floats over the molten metal and can be easily removed. It prevents metal from oxidation.
Froth Flotation
Froth flotation is a concentration process of selectively separating hydrophobic valuable minerals from hydrophilic waste gangue. In mineral processing, Froth Flotation method is used for the concentration of sulphide ores. The sulphide ore is mixed with water and pine oil. The mixture is then agitated with the blast of compressed air. In this process sulphide ore gets collected in Froth and gangue particles settled at the bottom of the tank. Sulphide ore is thus, separated and dried.
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Class 10 Science: Chapter 3, Metals and Non-metals
CBSE Guide | Solved additional CBSE Questions | CBSE Guess
Question 1: What are electrovalent or Ionic compounds?
Answer: The compounds formed by the transfer of electrons from a metal to a non-metal are known as electrovalent or Ionic compounds. For example, NaCl is an electrovalent compound.
Question 2: What is the reason for difference in reactivity of metals?
Answer: Metals are those elements which can loose electrons easily. The reactivity of a metal will depend upon how easily the metal can loose electron and form positively charged ion. Hence, we find some metals are less reactive whereas other metals are more reactive. (Hydrogen and Helium have one and two electrons respectively but still they are non-metals because they cannot loose electrons easily).
Question 3: Why do we find most of the ores in oxide form?
Answer: The earth's crust is the major source of ores. Most of the ores of metals are found as oxides because oxygen is a very reactive element and is highly abundant on the earth.
Question 4: What are metalloids?
Answer: Metalloids are those elements which have characteristics properties of both metals and non-metals, e.g., Germanium, Silicon, Tellurium, Antimony and Arsenic.
Question 5: Name any one metal which reacts neither with cold water nor with hot water but reacts with heated steam to produce hydrogen gas.

Question 6: Name two metals which are both ductile and malleable.
Answer: Gold and Silver.
Question 7: A green layer is gradually formed on a copper plate exposed to air for a week in a bathroom. What is this green substance?
Answer: The green layer is formed due to the formation of basic copper carbonate. [CuCO3.Cu (OH)2].
CBSE Guide with additional CBSE Guess questions - Class 10 Science, Metals and Non-Metals
Question 8: Why Tungsten metal is selected for making filaments of bulbs?
Answer: It is because Tungsten has very high melting point and high resistivity.
Question 9: Name any two neutral oxides.
Answer: Nitrogen Monoxide (NO) and Carbon Monoxide (CO).

Question 10: Name the elements present in these alloys.
(i) Stainless Steel
(ii) Bronze
(iii) Brass
(iv) Duralumin
(v) German Silver
(i) Stainless Steel = Iron + Chromium + Nickel.
(ii) Bronze = Copper + Tin.
(iii) Brass = Copper + Zinc.
(iv) Duralumin = Aluminium + Copper.
(v) German Silver = Copper + Zinc + Nickel.
Question 11: Name the alloys which are used for the following purposes:
(i) For soldering joints.
(ii) For making windows and door-fittings.
(iii) For making aircrafts and kitchen-wares.
(iv) For making equipment for feed and dairy industry.
(i) Solder,
(ii) Steel,
(iii) Duralumin,
(iv) Stainless Steel.
Question 12: Give reasons for the following:
(a) Metals are regarded as electropositive elements.
(b) Zirconium is known as a strategic metal.
(c) Reaction of nitric acid (HNO3) with metals generally does not evolve hydrogen gas.
(d) Carbon is not used for making aluminium from aluminium oxide.
Answer: (a) Metals are regarded as electropositive elements because it can loose electrons easily to form positive ions.
Answer: (b) Zirconium is a valuable heavy mineral which is used in atomic power plants, nuclear reactor etc. Hence, it is called a strategic metal.
Answer: (c) It is because nitric acid (HNO3) is a good oxidising agent and so it oxidises H2 to H2O.
Answer: (d) Because aluminium is stronger reducing agent than carbon and hence, carbon cannot be used for the extraction of aluminium.
Question 13: Explain how the following metals are obtained from their compound by the reduction process.
(a)  metal, which is low in reactivity series.
(b)  metal, which is middle in the reactivity series.
(c) metal, which is highly reactive.
(a) Metals of low reactivity series can be obtained by reduction using cake.
(b) Metal which are intermediate in the reactivity series can be obtained by reduction using Al.
(c) Metal which are highly reactive can be obtained by electrolytic reduction.
Question 14: How will you show that silver is less reactive than copper?
Answer: If we react copper with silver nitrate solution then, copper will displace silver as per the following chemical equation:
But silver cannot displace copper from copper nitrate, hence, silver is less reactive than copper.

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Question 15: What is magnetic separation? Name two ores which are concentrated by using this method?
Answer: Magnetic separation is a method of separating magnetic ore from non-magnetic impurities using electromagnets. Name of the two ores are:-
Pyrolusite (MnO2) and Magnetite (Fe3O4).
Question 16: How will you show by an activity that copper is more reactive than silver?
Answer: We take copper metal and add it to silver nitrate solution. Leave it for 1 hour. After that we will observe that colour of solution changes to blue and shiny silver metal gets deposited. This activity shows that copper is more reactive than silver since, copper displaces silver from silver nitrate solution. The reaction can be represented as -

Question 17: Define a chemical bond.
Answer: The attractive force which holds together two atoms, two molecules, two ions or a combination of these is known as a chemical bond.
Question 18: What is reactivity series of metals?
Answer: Reactivity or Activity Series is a list of common metals which have been arranged in order of their decreasing reactivity.
Question 19: What is metallic lustre?
Answer: Metals, in their pure state, have a shining surface. This property is called as ‘metallic lustre’.
Question 20: We cannot group elements according to their physical properties alone. Why?  Or,
Why elements cannot be grouped according to their physical properties alone?
Answer: Elements cannot be grouped according to their physical properties alone, as there are many exceptions. For example -
1.     All metals except mercury exist as solids at room temperature.
2.     Although metals have high melting points, there are exceptions like - gallium and caesium which have very low melting points.
3.     Iodine is a non-metal but it is lustrous.
4.     Carbon is a non-metal that can exist in many forms.
5.      Metals are generally very hard or rigid but alkali metals (lithium, sodium, potassium) are so soft that they can be cut with a knife.   
Question 21: Define with examples - 1. Allotrope, 2. Amphoteric Oxide, 3. Roasting
1. Allotrope: Allotropes are the elements which exist in two or more different forms in the same physical state. Allotropes generally differ in physical properties and may also differ in chemical activity. Diamond, graphite and fullerenes are three allotropes of the element carbon.
2. Amphoteric Oxide: Metal oxides are basic in nature. But some metal oxides show both basic and acidic natures such as - aluminium oxide, zinc oxide, etc. Such metal oxides which react with both acids and bases to produce salts and water are known as amphoteric oxides.
3. Roasting: It is a process in which the sulphide ores are converted into oxides by heating strongly in presence of excess air. For example,

Question 22: What is Inert Gas or Noble Gas?
Answer: An inert gas or noble gas is a gas that has extremely low reactivity with other substances. The noble gases for example - heliumargonneonxenonkryptonradon, and element 118 (Uuo) exist in their elemental form. Noble or inert gases have a completely filled valance sheel and hence, show little chemical activity.  
Question 23: Most of the ores are found in oxide form. Why?
Answer: Ores are found in the earth’s crust mainly as oxides then as sulphides or carbonates. This is because oxygen is a very reactive element and is very abundant on the earth.
Question 24: What is “Thermit Reaction”?
Answer: A Thermit Reaction is basically iron oxide (ferric oxide) reacting with aluminum to produce molten iron. This is an exothermic reaction. Iron obtained in this process is in molten state. Thermit reaction is used for the welding of rails or cracked machine parts and the process is called as Thermite welding. 
Question 25: Name the most widely used method for refining of metals?
Answer: The metals produced by various ore reduction processes are not pure. They contain impurities, which must be removed to obtain pure metals. The most widely used method for refining of metals is Electrolytic Refining.
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