Give an example of a metal which is a poor conductor of heat.

Lead is a metal that is a bad conductor of heat.

What are conductors and non-conductors?

Conduction is the transfer of thermal energy between particles of matter that are touching. Materials that are poor conductors of heat are called insulators. The materials which cannot transfer heat are poor conductors. A good conductor will have free-moving electrons whereas bad conductors of electricity will lack these free-moving electrons.

  • Metals such as copper typify conductors, while most non-metallic solids are said to be good insulators
  • Metals, humans, earth, and animals are all conductors.
  • Conductors find their use in car radiators to eradicate heat away from the engine.
  • The property which makes insulators different from conductors is their resistivity.
  • Glass is the best insulator as it has the highest resistivity.

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