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Post-transition, Poor, Other Metals

The post-transition metals are a group of elements in the periodic table. They are located to the right of the transition metals and to the left of the metalloids. They are also referred to as "other" metals and "poor" metals.

What elements are post-transition metals?

Scientists can't seem to agree on what to call this group of metals (poor, other, post-transition) or which elements should be included. Typically the elements of the post-transition metals include any metal in groups 13, 14, and 15 which are aluminum, gallium, indium, tin, thallium, lead, and bismuth. Polonium is often classified as a post-transition metal as well. Click the links or see below for more details on each element.

What are the similar properties of post-transition metals?

Post-transition metals share many similar properties including: Order of Abundance

The most abundant of the post-transition metals on Earth is aluminum which is also the most abundant metal in the Earth's crust. Here is a list of post-transition metals in order of abundance in the Earth's crust:
  1. Aluminum
  2. Gallium
  3. Lead
  4. Tin
  5. Thallium
  6. Indium
  7. Bismuth
Interesting Facts about Post-transition Metals



More on the Elements and the Periodic Table

Elements
Periodic Table

Alkali Metals
Lithium
Sodium
Potassium

Alkaline Earth Metals
Beryllium
Magnesium
Calcium
Radium

Transition Metals
Scandium
Titanium
Vanadium
Chromium
Manganese
Iron
Cobalt
Nickel
Copper
Zinc
Silver
Platinum
Gold
Mercury
Post-transition Metals
Aluminum
Gallium
Tin
Lead

Metalloids
Boron
Silicon
Germanium
Arsenic

Nonmetals
Hydrogen
Carbon
Nitrogen
Oxygen
Phosphorus
Sulfur
Halogens
Fluorine
Chlorine
Iodine

Noble Gases
Helium
Neon
Argon

Lanthanides and Actinides
Uranium
Plutonium

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Naming Compounds
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