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How do metals conduct electricity and why cant non-metals????


Metals conduct electricity because the outer electrons of the metal atoms are not constrained to remain with a particular atomic nucleus. Rather there is a "sea" of mobile electrons that are free to move in response to an electric voltage.

Non-metals generally do not conduct electricity because their electrons are not free to migrate in response to an applied electrical voltage; however, there are some non-metals that conduct electricity. Carbon [graphite] and silicon are two examples.

Vince Calder

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