Does silver metal possess electrical conductivity? Explain.
The ability of materials to allow electrons to flow through them is called electrical conductivity. This is the opposite of electrical resistivity which measures the extent of resistance of materials toward the electric current. Depending on the electrical conductivity, certain materials may be used more often or discarded.
Answer and Explanation: 1
Like other metals, silver metal possesses electrical conductivity. This occurs because the outer electrons of metals are removed to form a "sea of electrons" and leave a "lattice" of positive ions. The electrons are free to move between the positive ions giving rise to the electrical conductivity property.
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fromChapter 3 / Lesson 12
Learn about the electrical conductivity property of metals. Understand the meaning of electrical conductivity with examples, formulas, and applications.