Poor metals (or Other Metals)
The trivial name poor metals is sometimes applied to the metallic elements in the p-block of the periodic table. Their melting and boiling points are generally lower than those of the transition metals and their electronegativity higher, and they are also softer. They are distinguished from the metalloids by their significantly higher boiling points and conductivity in the same row.
“Poor metals” is not a rigorous IUPAC-approved nomenclature, but the grouping is generally taken to include aluminium, gallium, indium, tin, thallium, lead and bismuth. Occasionally germanium, antimony and polonium are also included, although these are usually considered to be metalloids or “semi-metals”. Elements 113, 114, 115, and 116, which are currently allocated the systematic names ununtrium, ununquadium, ununpentium, and ununhexium, would likely exhibit properties characteristic of poor metals; sufficient quantities of them have not yet been synthesized to examine their chemical properties.
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