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Metals are good conductors of heat because: A they do not have free electrons B they gain electrons easily C their particles are very closely packed so the vibrations are passed on very quickly D all of above

Metals are good conductors of heat because:

A

they do not have free electrons

B

they gain electrons easily

C

their particles are very closely packed so the vibrations are passed on very quickly

D

all of above

 

Grade:12

1 Answers

Omveer Singh
askIITians Faculty 52 Points
9 months ago

Metals are particularly good conductors of heat because their particles are very closely packed so the vibrations are passed on very quickly. They also contain large numbers of free electrons. These drift slowly through the structure, giving metals their strength and other properties. As the metal is heated, the free electrons closest to the heat source are heated. This makes them move faster and they travel through the metal, colliding with both atoms and other electrons. This naturally makes these vibrate faster (or move through the metal faster in the case of collisions with other free electrons). Thus, the heat is passed quickly through the metal.

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