Chemical Elements History and Information Copper

About the chemical element Copper, its symbol, atomic number and weight, who discovered it and when.

The Atomic Elements and Their Uses

(Element) (Symbol) (Atomic number) (Atomic weight)

Copper Cu 29 63.546

Known since prehistoric times. Copper is an excellent conductor of heat and electricity, and is used extensively in roofing, utensils, and electrical wiring. It is also necessary for the well-being of all living things. Copper is required for the formation of chlorophyll in plants, and traces of it are necessary in the human diet to aid in the breakdown of sugar. Leafy greens and red meat are two excellent sources of copper. However, too much copper in the diet can cause cirrhosis of the liver, failure to grow, and jaundice.

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