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Subject: Why is silicon used in computers instead of copper

Date: Fri Feb 1 12:39:29 2002
Posted by Steven
Grade level: 7-9 School: Scarsdale Middle School
City: Scarsdale State/Province: NY Country: USA
Area of science: Computer Science
ID: 1012585169.Cs

If price or availability was the reason, I would think copper is cheaper and 
more available.
If ease/cost of working with it is the issue, copper has a lower melting 
As for the most obvious factor, copper conducts electricity better than 
Could it be that since silicon doesn't conduct as well, it has more time to 
process information?

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