2nd October 2019


What family does hydrogen belong to?

It does not belong to any family of elements, and though it is a nonmetal, it appears on the left side of the periodic table with the metals. The other elements with it in Group 1 form the alkali metal family, but obviously, hydrogen does not belong with them.

Keeping this in view, how is hydrogen similar to the alkali metals?

Hydrogen behaves as a +1 ion, like alkali metals, when it combines with atoms that tend to strongly attract electrons, like chlorine, bromine, sulfur, etc. On the other hand, when hydrogen combines with an atom that loses electrons easily, such as sodium, it forms compounds such as NaH, sodium hydride.

Is hydrogen a metal or nonmetal on the periodic table?


Is hydrogen nonmetal metal or metalloid?

The metalloids are intermediate in their properties. The metals are to the left of the line (except for hydrogen, which is a nonmetal), the nonmetals are to the right of the line, and the elements immediately adjacent to the line are the metalloids.
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