3.39 Considering the elements B, C, N, F, and Si, the correct order of their non-metallic character is :
(a) B > C > Si > N > F
(b) Si > C > B > N > F
(c) F > N > C > B > Si
(d) F > N > C > Si > B
Answer - (c) F > N > C > B > Si
Because non-metallic character of an elements increases from left to right across the period. And here given position of elements:
Boron (B) - period and group.
Carbon (C) - period and group.
Nitrogen (N) - period and group.
Fluorine (F) - period and group.
And the Silicon (Si) is present in the period and group.
Hence the correct order of non-metallic character is as follows:
F > N > C > B > Si