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    I'm doing one of my physics HL coursework's (IB) on the behaviour of electric putty when conducting electricity. My teacher can't explain to me what electric putty actually is and I can't find it on the internet, so could anyone tell me if the conducting properties of electric putty are the same as those of a normal metal like copper? I mean the whole electron-movement thing? Or is electric putty an exception and something else is going on? I've spent ages looking on the Internet and I really can't find anything.

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    Hi,

    I'm doing one of my physics HL coursework's (IB) on the behaviour of electric putty when conducting electricity. My teacher can't explain to me what electric putty actually is and I can't find it on the internet, so could anyone tell me if the conducting properties of electric putty are the same as those of a normal metal like copper? I mean the whole electron-movement thing? Or is electric putty an exception and something else is going on? I've spent ages looking on the Internet and I really can't find anything.

    Thanks already,
    Alaya
    Electrically conductive putty?

    could be different sorts - afaik there's types that are filled with graphite powder - in which case the graphite is conductive and there's pla-doh stuff made with salt and water

    see here http://www.ted.com/talks/annmarie_th..._circuits.html
    in which case it's ions conducting electricity

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