Metals conduct heat well for two reasons: metal ions pack very closely together in their molecular lattice, and electrons drifting through the metal carry kinetic energy around the lattice. The result is a quick elevatio... More »

Metals are good conductors of electricity, because they have free electrons. These free electrons act as charge carriers in the metallic structure, allowing electric current to flow through the metal. More »

Metals conduct electricity well because their electrons can move more freely than those in nonmetals. The structure of a metal atom's electron cloud makes it easy for the atom to gain or lose electrons in chemical reacti... More »

Metals conduct heat because they have free electrons in their atoms. When a metal is subject to heat, the free electrons move, spreading the heat to the nearest atoms. The heat is then transferred throughout the metal. More »

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... More »

Copper is a good conductor of heat because it contains a lattice of vibrating ions that allow electrons to move freely. Copper's ability to transfer heat quickly makes it a suitable material for copper plates, pipes and ... More »

The bonds that hold the atoms in metals together are often described as being built upon metal ions that are floating in a sea of electrons. This is because the electrons in the outer shells, or valence shells, of metals... More »