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The hypothesis that copper wire  is the best thermal conductor and steel wire  is the worst  among the 3 types of wire, is proven to be true.

The concept of thermal conductivity can be applied to produce better cookware for cooking food and boiling water. When a pot is placed on a stove, thermal energy is transferred from the fire to the metal pot and eventually to the food and water. Materials with poor thermal conductivity can be used as thermal insulators.

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Try to repeat the experiment using different metals like brass, nickel or zinc.

The experiment can also be repeated using  different lengths and diameters of wire.


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Handle boiling water very carefully – adult assistance is required.