The Great Conductivity Test: Metals and More


Dive into the Chemical Earth chapter with our guide on testing physical properties, including electrical conductivity, malleability, and hardness.



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Welcome to “Ace Chemical Earth: Testing Physical & Electrical Properties,” your comprehensive guide to mastering the examination of physical and electrical properties in materials. This guide is meticulously designed to simplify complex concepts, making the science behind physical properties accessible and engaging for learners at all levels. Whether you’re a student embarking on your journey through the fascinating world of chemistry, a teacher seeking to enrich your classroom with practical experiments, or simply a science enthusiast, this resource is tailored to enhance your understanding and application of these fundamental concepts.

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Dive into the core of chemical earth, where the properties of materials reveal the mysteries of their composition and use. Understanding how to test physical and electrical properties is crucial, not just for academic success, but for its applications in research, industry, and everyday life. This guide serves as your stepping stone, guiding you through each concept with clarity and precision, turning the challenge of mastering these properties into an achievable and enlightening journey.

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Solid Foundations: Start with the basics of physical properties, including what they are and why they matter. We lay the groundwork in simple terms, ensuring a solid foundation for your exploration of electrical conductivity, malleability, and hardness.

Electrical Conductivity Unveiled: Discover the secrets of conducting electrical experiments. Learn the principles behind electrical conductivity testing, including setup, safety, and interpretation of results, broken down into easy-to-understand steps.

Malleability and Hardness Explained: Gain insights into testing for malleability and hardness. Understand how these properties are measured and what they reveal about the materials being tested, with practical advice for conducting your experiments.

Real-World Applications: Connect theoretical knowledge with practical application. From materials science to engineering challenges, grasp how these tests apply beyond the laboratory, enhancing your real-world problem-solving skills.

Engaging Activities: Reinforce your learning with interactive exercises designed to challenge and expand your understanding. These hands-on activities not only solidify your grasp of the concepts but also make learning an active and enjoyable process.

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The Great Conductivity Test: Metals and More” is more than just a study aid; it’s your gateway to understanding the material world through the lens of chemistry. Whether aiming for academic excellence, seeking to enrich your teaching methods, or indulging in a passion for science, this guide offers a clear, engaging pathway to mastering the examination of physical and electrical properties.

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Testing Electrical Conductivity
Test samples of:
 magnesium ribbon
 zinc foil
 graphite rods
 sulfur crystals
 iodine crystals
 iron nails

.1. Set up a simple series circuit using:
 12 V globe (or ammeter)
 12 VDC power pack
 5-ohm resistor
 Alligator clips
2. Test the conductivity of
each element supplied by
touching the probes to
each end of the sample.
.3. Observe the brightness of
the globe or the reading on
the ammeter.
.4. Classify each element as a
conductor or

Testing Electrical Conductivity
Typical Results
Magnesium, zinc, iron and
graphite are good conductors
as shown by the globe
glowing brightly.
The sulfur and iodine crystals
are electrical insulators and
the globe does not light up.

To compare the malleability
of various elements.
To classify the elements as
malleable or brittle and hard
or soft.

.1. Using lead sinkers,
zinc granules and graphite
rods test their malleability
by hammering them gently
on a large fibre board.
.2. Classify the elements as
malleable or brittle and
hard or soft.
.3. Repeat for various
gauges of copper wire
and cooper sheet.
.4. Use wire of various
diameters and compare to
copper sheeting.
.5. Test the hardness of the
copper sheet by
hammering it with a ball

Testing Malleability and Hardness
Typical Results
Lead is malleable and soft.
Zinc is malleable but harder
than lead.
Graphite is hard but brittle.
Graphite shatters on
The copper wires and copper
sheets illustrate the ductility
and malleability of copper.
It is a relatively soft metal
because it is readily shaped
by a ball hammer.

Question 6
In the investigation of electrical conductivity identify the
independent variable.
The metal sample.

Question 7
In the investigation of electrical conductivity identify the
dependent variable.
The brightness of the globe or the current reading.

Question 8
From the results of the investigation what would you expect
about the electrical conductivity of the gold element?
Since gold is a metal we would expect to see a high electrical
Malleability would also be high similar to the other metals

Question 9
For the electrical conductivity investigation what are some of
the controlled variables?
The voltage supplied to circuit, circuit design is the same
across each test, light bulb/ammeter model kept the same.

Question 10
For the electrical conductivity investigation what variables
should be controlled but may not be in order to improve the
validity of this investigation?
The dimensions of the metal samples should be kept the
same (length, cross sectional area).
The resistivity of the sample could be significantly changed
by changing the dimensions of the sample.