Metals, Nonmetals and Metalloids

Metallic elements
(except for mercury) are solid.
are shiny and many can be hammered into sheets or drawn out into wires.
characteristically conduct electricity.
 
Nonmetallic elements
may be solids, liquids or gases.
If they are solid they are brittle.
characteristically do not conduct electricity.
 
Metalloids
look like metals but are chemically like nonmetals.