We have to determine the type of element based on given description.
We have to choose between a metal, nonmetal and semimetal (metalloid).
Semimetals are the elements whose properties are intermediate between metals and nonmetals.
The physical properties of metals are:
State: Metals are usually solids at room temperature. An exception is mercury which is a liquid metal.
Luster: Metals are shiny in their appearance.
Conductivity: Metals are good conductors of heat and electricity due to the presence of free electrons.
Brittle/Ductile: Metals are ductile. They do not break or shatter.
At room temperature, a certain element is found to be shiny, silver-colored solid that is a poor conductor of electricity. When a sample of the element is hit with a hammer, it shatters.
Is the element likely to be a metal, a nonmetal, or a semimetal?
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