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Mechanics lessons
Water on Earth
Changes of state in the nature: the water cycle
Water in human body
Test for water
Properties of water in different states
States of matter
States of matter and its changes
Boiling water
Water: freezing and melting
Changes of state: mass and volume
Molecules in different states of matter

Mixtures and solutions
Heterogeneous mixtures
Homogeneous mixtures
Vaporization of water
Dissolving a solid in water
Conservation of mass on dissolving
Miscibility in water

Mass and volume
Volume and its units
Measuring volume with a graduated cylinder
Mass and its units
Measuring the mass of a liquid
Mass of a liter of water
Volumetric mass density
Air and atmosphere
Earth's atmosphere protect us
Threats to the Earth's atmosphere
Composition of air
Air and life
Atoms and molecules
Molecules in mixtures and pure substances
Molecules and states of matter
Composition of molecules
Constituents of the atoms
The electrical neutrality of the atom

Basics of combustion
The combustion of carbon
The combustion of butane
Atoms and chemical reactions
Chemical reactions
Chemical equations
Law of conservation of mass
Chemical synthesis

Most common metals

How to distinguish metals ?

Corrosion of metals

Electrical conductivity of solid materials

Electrons and free electrons

Electric current in metals
The conductivity of aqueous solutions
Aqueous solutions and ions
The direction of movement of ions
Formation of ions
Tests for ions
Acidic and basic solutions
pH of aqueous solutions
Ions in acidic and basic solutions
Dilution of acids and bases
Composition of hydrochloric acid
Chemical reaction between iron and hydrochloric acid

Electrochemical cells and chemical energy
Chemical reaction beteween a copper sulphate solution and zinc
Copper sulfate and zinc battery
Basics of electrochemical cell



Electrical conductivity of solid materials

Solid materials can be classified into two main categories:
- Electrical conductors that can be crossed by an electric current.
- Insulators that don't conduct electric current.

To determine whether a material is conductive, a test of conductivity can be performed using the following circuit:

Test of conductivity on solid materials

The principle of this test is simple:
- If the bulb lights, it indicates that the electric current flows then the material is conductive.
- If the bulb doesn't light, it indicates the electric current doesn't flow so the material is insulative.

Test results:

Tested materias Test results:
Iron Conductor
Zinc Conductor
Aluminium Conductor
Copper Conductor
Copper sulfate powder Insulator
Salt powder Insulator
Wood Insulator
Plastic Insulator

This test permits to show that only metals are conductors and most other solid materials are insulators.
This characteristic can be explained by their microscopic properties