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What is conduction?
Question Date: 2015-09-29
Answer 1:

In science, conduction is the motion (or transfer) of something along a specific direction (or gradient). For example, scientists and teachers sometimes talk about "conductivity" or "conduction" when talking about electronics or electricity. For electronics, conduction refers to the motion of electrons along a wire (called a conductor), typically in response to a battery, power plant (through plugging into a wall), or other source of electrical energy.

Conduction can also be used to talk about the transfer of heat. For example, when a metal pot (the conductor) is placed onto a stove, heat is conducted from the burner and into the pot (heat always flows, or conducts, from hot objects to cold objects), and ultimately into the food that you are heating.

Check out the following webpage for a nice overview of conduction that gives a bit more detail about how the connection between the conduction of heat and electricity: What is conduction?

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