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Re: how does metal conduct heat?

Date: Wed Nov 22 08:59:51 2000
Posted By: Peter Thejll, Staff, Solar-Terrestrial Physics, Danish Meteorological Institute
Area of science: Physics
ID: 974417812.Ph

Metals conduct heat and electricity in similar ways - the electrons inside 
are relatively free to move (inside the metal object) and carry the heat 
as vibrations and random motions.  Insulators or non-metals are likewise 
bad conductors of both heat and electricity because the electrons are firmly 
bound and cannot move about inside the object.

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