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A Closer Look at Metals
Testing for the Physical Properties of Metals
1. Identify the pieces of metal and then complete the table below.
2. Compare the pieces of metal for the following properties: a) strength, b) density and c) hardness.
3. Conduction of Electricity
Which of the metals conduct electricity? Can you detect any difference between how well they conduct electricity?
4. Compare the thermal conductivities of the metals.
Do not do this experiment with lead.
Describe clearly how you compared the thermal conductivities of the metals. Expain why we did not do the experiment with lead.
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