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Why are good conductors of heat good conductors of energy?

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June 01, 2009 6:03PM

Heat is energy. You may mean electricity. Atoms larger than Helium have their electrons arranged in layers or shells. It is thought that both heat and electricity travel from atom to atom by moving through the electrons in the outer shell. In good conductors, it is easier for these electrons in the outer shell to move between atoms than it is in other materials. It is thought that electricity or heat moves when an electron moves between atoms.