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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.
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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."
  
 
{{Element | name=Copper | symbol=Cu | anumber=29 | amass=63.5 amu | state=solid | class=Transition metal | cstructure=cubic | color=metallic burnt orange (it's what pennies are made of) | date=Copper has been known since ancient times | discname=Unknown | origname=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=chalcopyrite, coveline, and chalcosine  }}
 
{{Element | name=Copper | symbol=Cu | anumber=29 | amass=63.5 amu | state=solid | class=Transition metal | cstructure=cubic | color=metallic burnt orange (it's what pennies are made of) | date=Copper has been known since ancient times | discname=Unknown | origname=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=chalcopyrite, coveline, and chalcosine  }}
  
 
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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."

Copper
Properties
Atomic symbol Cu
Atomic number 29
Classification Transition metal
Atomic mass 63.5 amu
Other Information
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