What are the important properties of aluminum?
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  1. Aluminum is a pure chemical substance that cannot be broken down into a simpler substance. It is a metal that shares similar characteristics with other metals, such as:

    • Malleability, or the ability to be shaped
    • Ductility, or the ability to be drawn into a wire

    In addition, aluminum is:

    • A good conductor of electricity, second only to copper, which makes it ideal for use in some electrical wiring, light bulbs and telephone wires
    • A good conductor of heat, which makes it ideal for use in cookware
    • Nonsparking, so it's ideal for use near flammable substances
    • Resistant to corrosion, which makes it ideal for use outdoors
    • Nonmagnetic

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