Q: Why do metals make good conductors of heat and electricity?
Why do metals make good conductors of heat and electricity?
Metals are elements that can conduct electricity. Most elements are metals.
All metals except for mercury are solids at room temperature. Many metals are shiny, ductile, and malleable. Most are also good conductors of heat.
Electricity is a flow of electrons. Atoms of metals tend to give up electrons, explaining why they are good conductors of electricity. The tendency to give up electrons also explains many of the other properties of metals.