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
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