Uses of Mica

Mica is a naturally occurring element. It is optically flat, translucent, elastic in nature. Its composition is silicate, aluminium, potassium, manganese, water and iron. It contains highest amount of silica and so is the most preferred mineral in industries and in other personal applications. Let’s see some other uses of mica in various ways

Uses of mica

It helps in preventing cracks by acting as wadding in gypsum wallboard combined compound. It is mostly used for this process. Mica is a bad conductor of electricity and can endure high temperature. India accounts for large portion of mica export across the world.Below are the mica uses in everyday life:

  • Mica mineral
  • Mica powder
  • Mica capacitor
  • Mica schist

Uses of mica mineral:

Mica is non toxic mineral. It is one of the important ingredient in makeup and various cosmetics. It gives a shimmery effect and adds sparkle. It gives a glowing effect with a natural finish. There are no side effects and suits for all types of skin. To avoid mica in skin care products you can check the product label.

Uses of mica powder:

To have attractive background of your scrapbook mix water and mica powder and spray it on the scrapbook. Mix in oil paint to give extra painting effects. Also, you can have an awesome looking furniture. How? Mix mica powder with lacquers, glazes, waxes, top coats and varnishes to apply on furniture.

Uses of mica capacitor:

These are also called as silver mica capacitors. They offer stability, high precision and reliability. There are various two types of mica capacitor with different applications like – coupling circuits, cable TV amplifiers, resonance circuits, defense electronics, time constant circuits etc.

Uses of mica sheet:

Mica can be made into thin sheets. They are heat tolerant, insulating and dielectric. Because of these properties they are used in electrical appliances. They are used in control devices, heating devices, neon lights and other lighting equipments.

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Practise This Question

Karthik and Arun studying chemical kinetics together. They came around this equation: N2+3H22NH3.
Karthik concluded that the molecularity of the reaction is 4 as one  molecule of N2 is reacting with three  molecules of H2.
But Arun said that molecularity of 4 is very unlikely as the probability of 4 molecules colliding simultaneously is almost zero.
As they both contradicting one another can you tell who is correct and who is wrong.