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Copper ( Cu )

General Description:

Copper was discovered approximately 11,000 years ago. The exact date, location and discoverer of copper are unknown. Copper beads dating back to 9,000 B.C. have been found in Iraq. Around 5,000 B.C. people discovered methods for refining copper

Physical Properties of Copper: Malleable and Ductile Excellent Electrical Conductor Excellent Alloying Characteristics Non-Magnetic Essential Nutrient to Life Resistant to Corrosion Machinable Formable Excellent Heat Transfer Characteristics Durable Recyclable

Pure copper has an electrical conductivity second only to that of silver and hence its main application is in the electrical industry. Copper is also the basis of many important alloys (e.g. brass, bronze and aluminium bronze).

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