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Is glass a polymer?

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Glass is not a polymer, Four oxygen atoms are tetrahedronically bonded to each silicon atom, while two silicon atoms are attached to each oxygen atom.

  1. In this crystalline state, SiO2 is known as silica, When we detect its large, sharp crystals, we call it quartz.
  2. When many small crystals are present, we refer to them as sand. However, it is not silica glass, Before we can turn it into glass, we have to work with it first.
  3. It should be heated until it melts and then immediately cooled, As the material melts, the silicon and oxygen atoms are separated from their crystal structure.
  4. If the cooling process were slowed down, the atoms would gradually align to their crystalline configuration, If we cooled it fast enough the silica atoms would stop in their tracks.
  5. They won't have time to line up, so they have to do whatever they can.
  6. Now, there is no particular order for the arrangement of atoms.
  7. They are what we refer to as amorphous materials.
  8. This is the type of glass used in telescope lenses and other comparable applications.
  9. It is brittle despite having excellent optical properties.
  10. For everyday use, you need something more powerful.
  11. Most glass is made of sand, and sodium carbonate is often added when it is melted.
  12. A stronger glass is produced as a result, The glass used in composites is the same glass you see every day in jars and windows.

Polymer: A polymer is a big molecule, or macromolecule, that consists of several different components.

  1. We are surrounded by polymedailysis.
  2. From the DNA strand, a biopolymer that naturally occurs, to polypropylene, a material utilized all over the world.
  3. As a result, glass is more durable.
  4. This is the glass we see every day in cups, glass, jars, and windows, as well as the glass used in composites.

Hence, glass is not a polymer.

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