Schugar, Harvey Department of Chemistry, Wright and Rieman Laboratories, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, New Jersey.
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A chemical element, Cu, atomic number 29, atomic weight 63.546. Copper is located in the periodic table between nickel and zinc in the first row of transition elements and in the same subgroup as the other so-called coinage metals, silver and gold. Copper, a nonferrous metal, is the twentieth most abundant element present in the Earth's crust, at an average level of 68 parts per million (0.11 kg/metric ton). See also: Periodic table; Transition elements
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