|Atomic mass||63.5 amu|
|Color||metallic burnt orange (it's what pennies are made of)|
|Date of discovery||Copper has been known since ancient times|
|Name of discoverer||Unknown|
|Name origin||From the Latin cyprium, referring to the island of Cyprus, where it was obtained in ancient times.|
|Uses||Copper is used in wires because it conducts electricity very well. It is also useful in jewelry and coins|
|Obtained from||chalcopyrite, coveline, and chalcosine|
Copper, the 29th element, is a metal. In industry it is praised for its extreme ductility and electrical conductivity which make it an excellent material for wires. Copper is also a nutrient mineral, and is required by the human body to perform certain chemical reactions.
Copper is also important culturally, as one of the first metals to be used by humankind, especially in its alloy form bronze. Even today the pennies in the United States are informally referred to as "coppers."
|Periodic Table of the Elements|