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Does brass conduct electricity?

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Brass does conduct electricity, but it is not a very good conductor. Not all metals conduct electricity to the same extent. Brass has a low electrical conductivity of only 28 percent, compared to metals such as silver and copper that have almost perfect electrical conductivity.

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Does brass conduct electricity?
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The conductivity of electricity through metals depends on the availability of free electrons in the atomic structure of the metal. Metals such as iron, copper, silver and aluminum have a greater number of free electrons that are mobile, which allows electricity to flow through them easily. Electricity flows only when electrons move in one direction through a metal.

Brass is an alloy of copper and zinc, but it does not have the same properties as either copper or zinc.

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