Q:
What are the Electronic
Characteristics of Non-Metals?




A:
  • They are electron acceptors.


  • They possess five or more valence electrons.


  • They are electro-negative - they attract
    electrons.


  • Non-metals form ionic bonds with metals.


  • In ionically bonded solids, the non-metallic
    species form anions.


  • In non-metallic, non-ionically bonded solids,
    the atoms share some or all of their outer shell
    electrons to form covalent bonds.