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Information on the Element, Copper.

Cu Copper 29 63.546

Key Information:

Atomic Number: 29
Atomic Mass: 63.546
Atomic Symbol: Cu
Element Type: transition-metal
Element Group: 11
Element Period: 4
Element Block: d
Melting Point: 1084.62°C, 1984.32°F, 1357.77 K
Boiling Point: 2560°C, 4640°F, 2833 K

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Properties of Copper (Cu)

What is the chemical symbol for Copper?

The chemical symbol for Copper is Cu

What is the atomic number of Copper?

The atomic number for Copper is 29 in the periodic table.

What is the atomic mass of Copper?

The atomic mass of Copper is 63.546u

What elemental group is Copper in?

Copper belongs to the elemental group 11 of chemical elements in the periodic table.

What is the natural state of Copper?

Copper, in it's natural state, is a solid metal.

What is the density of Copper?

The density of Copper is 8.96 g/cm³

What is the Melting point of Copper?

The melting point of Copper is 1,085 °C

What is the boiling point of Copper?

The boiling point of Copper is 2,562 °C

What are the Characteristics of Copper?

What is Copper?

Copper is a chemical element. It is a natural metal and belongs to group 11 of the periodic table.

What is Copper made of?

Copper, though a natural element, is too soft and malleable. It is often mixed with alloys to strengthen it. Commonly Copper is mixed with Brass or Bronze.

What colour is Copper?

Copper is a reddish brown colour. Though it has different stages depending on amount it has oxidized. It can range from the reddish brown to darker brown and onto green.

What is Copper used for?

Copper is mostly used in electrical equipment such as wiring and motors due to its conductive properties.

Is Copper Ferrous?

Copper is not Ferrous.

Is Copper magnetic?

Copper isn't magnetic as it is a non-ferrous metal.

Does Copper rust?

Copper does not rust, it does however corrode. This is what make the Copper turn from a reddish brown to green.

Why does Copper change colour?

Copper changes colour due to it oxidising and causing corrosion.

How do you get Copper?

Copper must be extracted from its ore which is in turn mine from mineral veins.

Can Copper be recycled?

Copper can be recycled.

History of Copper (Cu)

Who discovered Copper?

The person who discovered Copper is unknown. This is due to evidence of its usage dating back as early as 9000 BC.

What year was Copper discovered?

It isn't known what year Copper was discovered. It is however believed that it was the early Mesopotamians who truly utilised Copper around 5000-6000 years ago.

Where does Copper come from?

Copper comes from mining it. Most commonly found in open pit mines such as those in Mexico and Chile

Origin of Name for Copper

The word Copper originates from the Latin word "Cuprum" meaning from the island of Cyprus

Interesting Facts about Copper

Interesting Fact about Copper 1.

Copper is a natural anti bacterial agent

Interesting Fact about Copper 2.

Nearly 80% of Copper ever mined is still in use. Proving the highly recyclable properties of Copper.

Interesting Fact about Copper 3.

The famous Statue of Liberty in USA is made from 179,000 pounds of Copper.

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