The Carbon Family represents Group 4A of the periodic table.
Group 4A shows a diverse range in chemical and physical properties because it contains all three classifications for elements: nonmetals, metalloids and metals.
Concept #1: The Carbon Family
Allotropism is the ability of an element to exist in multiple forms while in the same physical state. This is common with the element carbon.
Carbon is a rather unique element on the periodic table because it is able to covalently bond with itself.
Concept #2: Carbon Chemistry
The chemistry of silicon is dominated by the formation of silicon-oxygen bonds.
Concept #3: Silicon Chemistry