Chemistry Practicals Class 10

Physical Properties of Non-metals

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About Simulation

  • In this simulation, you will explore the physical properties of non-metals, such as non-lustrousness, softness, non-malleability, non-ductility, and poor electrical conductivity, within an interactive virtual environment.
  • You can explore and identify the non-lustrous nature of non-metals like graphite, sulphur, and iodine as part of the simulation.
  • You will measure and compare the softness levels of these non-metals using appropriate tools or qualitative assessments within the simulation.
  • Throughout the simulation, you can investigate and recognize the non-malleable and non-ductile characteristics exhibited by these non-metal elements.

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  • By participating in the simulation, you can conduct experiments to test and verify their poor conductivity of electricity compared to metals.

Simulation Details

Duration – 30 Minutes
Easily Accessible
Languages – Odia & English
Platforms – Android & Windows


A non-metal in chemistry can be defined as a chemical element that generally, in a chemical reaction, gains electrons when it reacts with a metal. It tends to form an acid if combined with oxygen and hydrogen. The non-metals display more variety in colour and state in comparison to metals.

Properties of Non-metals
Examples of non-metals are chlorine, carbon, bromine, sulphur, phosphorus etc. They show the following properties :

Physical Properties of Non-metals:Some of the major physical properties of non-metals are given below.

  • Most of the non-metals are generally gaseous at room temperature.
  • Non-metals cannot be hammered into thin sheets. It means they don’t possess the property of malleability. Instead, they are brittle as they break down into pieces on hammering.
  • Non-metals are not ductile. They cannot be drawn into wires.
  • Non-metals are poor conductors of heat and electricity.
  • Non-metals are not lustrous, which means they are not shiny instead of dull in appearance.
  • Non-metals have low tensile strength. It means they cannot hold heavyweights.
  • Non-metals are not sonorous. It means when we strike them, they do not make any sound.
  • Non-metals are soft. It means they can be cut by knife easily.

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Requirements for this Science Experiment

  • Graphite
  • Sulphur
  • Iodine
  • Iron block
  • Hammer
  • Knife
  • Bulb
  • Sandpaper
  • Battery
  • Plug Key
  • Connecting wires

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