Copper- Properties and Uses
Physical properties of copperIt is a soft, malleable and ductile metal with very high thermal and electrical conductivity. A freshly exposed surface of pure copper has a reddish-orange color. It is used as a conductor of heat and electricity, as a building material, and as a constituent of various metal alloys.
Chemical properties of copperCopper reacts with oxygen to form copper oxide.
Copper reacts with bases to form sulphates.
Readily combines with water and carbon dioxide producing hydrated copper carbonate.
Corrodes when exposed to air
Uses of copperAll US coins are now copper alloys, and gun metals also contain copper. Most copper is used in electrical equipment such as wiring and motors. This is because it conducts both heat and electricity very well, and can be drawn into wires.