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While some metals are better than others, all metals conduct electricity and heat relatively well. The best metals in terms of conductance are silver, copper and gold while the worst metals are stainless steel, lead and platinum.


Conduction works by transferring heat from one molecule to another through a substance. This occurs due to the readiness of the substance to allow molecules to move. A heated molecule moves and shakes rapidly, and some of its heat energy is passed to molecules around it.


According to the Mohs hardness scale, a list of soft metals includes lead, gold, silver, tin, zinc, aluminum, thorium, copper, brass and bronze. Gallium might also be considered a soft metal, as it melts at 85.57 degrees Fahrenheit. Mercury is a metal that's liquid at room temperature.


Some examples of conduction are a pot on a hot burner, a spoon in hot tea and touching a hot cup of coffee. In each of these examples, there is a transfer of heat from the hotter object to the colder one. Heat transfer occurs when there is molecular agitation and energy flow from an object at a high


Some of the common units of conductivity are microsiemens or millisiemens per centimeter, as well as micromhos or millimhos per centimeter. One siemen is equal to one Mho when measuring conductivity.


A list of magnetic metals includes iron, nickel, cobalt and metal mixtures that include at least one of the three. Magnetic metals are classified as metals that are attracted by the magnetic field.


Iron, nickel, cobalt and manganese are the only four metals considered magnetic. All other metals, including gold, silver and aluminum, are typically considered non-magnetic, although there are some elements that may show a slight positive or negative attraction when placed in a magnetic field.


A list of metallic minerals includes copper, silver, nickel-iron and gold. Other metallic minerals are mercury, which is the only metal that's a liquid at room temperature, platinum and bismuth.


Aluminum is conductive both thermally and electrically. Conductivity ratings are based on copper, which is the standard, and aluminum has a 61 IACS percent conductivity rating.


Heat conduction is the transfer of internal energy (microscopic kinetic and potential energy) from a region of higher temperature to one of lower temperature by the interaction of particles like atoms, molecules, ions or electrons in the intervening space. Conduction can only take place within an ob