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Electronic configuration of:
Element X: 2,8,2
Element Y: 2,8,4
Element Z: 2,8,7
Which among the given element can be beaten into sheets easily?


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Element X

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Element Y

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Element Z

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Element Y and Z

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Solution

The correct option is A

Element X


Among the given elements, element X is magnesium, element Y is silicon and element Z is chlorine.
In the periodic table, while moving from left to right the metallic character generally decreases and non-metallic character increases. Magnesium exhibits metallic properties. Metals can easily be beaten into sheets i.e., they are highly malleable. Hence magnesium can easily be beaten into sheets.


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