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What family is carbon in?plz help me!!!!!!!!!

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lolithamarylopez | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:38 AM via web

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What family is carbon in?

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jgoulden | College Teacher | (Level 1) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:51 AM (Answer #1)

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The elements are divided into nine families: nonmetals, alkali metals, alkaline metals, transition metals, rare earth elements, noble gasses, metalloids, halogens, and other metals.

Carbon belongs to the first of these, the nonmetals.

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James Kelley | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted October 26, 2009 at 6:52 AM (Answer #2)

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What family is carbon in? The carbon family, of course!

Check the enotes entry in the Encyclopedia of Science. The link is given below. The entry begins: "The carbon family consists of the five elements that make up Group 14 of the periodic table: carbon, silicon, germanium, tin, and lead. "

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krishna-agrawala | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 26, 2009 at 12:01 PM (Answer #3)

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Carbon is a material known to people from ancient times. It is one of the 112 chemical elements that exist. All these chemical elements are divided in 9 families or groups. These are:

  1. Alkali metals
  2. Alkali earth metals
  3. Transition metals
  4. Other metals
  5. Metalloids
  6. Other non-metals
  7. Halogens
  8. Noble gases
  9. Rare earth metals

Among these carbon belongs to the family of other non-metals. Other elements in this group are hydrogen, nitrogen, oxygen, phosphorus, sulphur, selenium and silicon.

Carbon has atomic number 6 and atomic weight of 12.011.

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mr-angel | College Teacher | (Level 2) Adjunct Educator

Posted October 26, 2009 at 1:35 PM (Answer #4)

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Each group or family on the periodic table is a vertical column.  In addition to the other poster's information, it might help to know that scientists further sub-divide the nonmetal groups by naming the family by the top element.  For example, the Boron family, Carbon family, and Nitrogen family are between the metalloids and the Halogens, which start at Flourine.  So the answer to your question is: Carbon belongs to the Carbon Family in the non-metals.  Hope we have helped!

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atyourservice | Student, Grade 11 | TA | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted May 28, 2014 at 10:41 PM (Answer #5)

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Carbon is a nonmetal, so it is part of the nonmetal family.

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