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Copper for Kids


Copper Properties
Atomic Structure
How Copper is Made
Copper in Your Life
Uses and Applications of Copper
Interesting Facts
Copper Properties


Copper has many different propreties, or descriptions of what is in it or what it does.

Chemical Properties of Copper:
    Heat of Fusion: 134 J/g
    Heat of Vaporization: 3630 J/g
    Heat of Sublimination       at 1025.85 C: 3730 J/g
Physical Properties of Copper:
   Melting Point: 1084.6C
    Boiling Point: 2567C
    Density at 26.85 C: 8.96 g/cc
    Physical Matter: Solid
    Optical Reflectivity: 90%
    Flammibility Class: non-combustable solid, unless rust

Copper's magnetic state is diamagnetic.
Copper is also biostatic.

Reactivity of Copper
  • absorbs atomic oxygen species
  • does not associate with molecular oxygen species
  • clusters react when evaporated onto a carbon substrate
  • does not react with steam, water, or diulte acid
  • can be oxidized by concentrated sulfuric and nitric acids

Hazards of Copper
  • Copper sulfate can irritate skin, eyes, nose, and throat; affects liver if inhaled or swallowed
  • can cause allergic skin rashes
  • lowest observed toxic dose is 120 g/kg
  • causes gastrointestinal effects