10 facts about copper
- Copper is the first element in the eleventh column of the periodic table. It is classified as a transition metal.
- Copper was one of the first metals to be used by man.
- Copper atoms have 29 electrons and 29 protons with 34 neutrons in the most abundant isotope.
- The Atomic symbol of copper is Cu and it has an atomic number of 29.
- In 1857 the largest single piece of copper weighed 420 metric tons.
- It is very ductile allowing it to be easily bent and stretched into a wire.
- It is an excellent conductor of electricity and heat.
- Approximately 60% of the metal produced is used for electrical wiring and in manufacturing cables.
- It ranks as the third-most consumed industrial metal in the world after iron and aluminium.
- This metal can be recycled completely without a breakdown in quality.
What was copper used for??
Here are a few things it used to be used for back then. Jewelry, tools, sculpture, bells, vessels, lamps, amulets, and death masks.
What is copper used for now?
These are some things copper is used for today: electric generators, household/car electrical wiring, and the wires in appliances, computers, lights, motors, telephone cables, radios and TVs.