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Good & Poor Heat Conductors

What is a good heat conductor and what is a bad heat conductor?

Heat conductors (good conductor of heat) allow the heat to flow through them easily, whereas poor conductor of heat does not allow heat to flow through them easily and slows down heat gain/ loss more.

Examples of good heat conductors are:

  • Copper
  • Gold
  • Silver
  • Iron

Examples of bad heat conductors are:

  • Glass
  • Plastic
  • Wood

What is Heat? and why are there heat conductors?

Let’s do a quick recap on what is heat! Heat is a form of energy. Heat always flows from a hotter area to a cool area because of their difference in temperature, therefore the cooler area absorbs the heat energy and becomes warmer.

This is why the handle of the pan that we use for cooking is made up of a poor conductor of heat as heat will travel from the pan to the handle and burn our hands if it’s made up of the same material as the pan! (Metal – good conductor of heat)

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