Electricity

Conductors, Semiconductors, and Insulators

What is a Conductor?

Conductors are materials that freely allow the flow of electrons with very little resistance.

What are some examples of Conductors?

Some examples of conductors are things like: Water, Copper, and Iron.

What are some real world examples?

When your in the pool and it starts raining, the best thing to do is get out of the pool because the lighting is attracted to the water and since water is a conductor, the electricity will travel to your body.

What is a Semiconductor?

Semiconductors are materials that do not allow electrons to flow freely but do not directly stop them either.

What are some examples of Semiconductors?

Some examples of semiconductors are things like: Silicon
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What are some real world examples?

An example would be the micro chips that are in our computers.

What are Insulators?

Insulators are materials that greatly impede the stop the flow of electrons with very high resistance.

What are some examples of insulators?

Some examples of insulators are things like: Glass, Dry Air, and Rubber.

What are some real world examples?

When people are working with electricity with things such a wires, the often wear rubber gloves so they don't get shocked.

Compare and Contrast between the three:

Conductors and Semiconductors are alike because they still allow electricity to flow through yet, a Semiconductor reduces the amount of electricity that flows. An insulator stops the electricity from flowing through it.