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What is the difference between glass and ceramics?

Glass is actually a type of ceramic.

The word Ceramic can be used to describe a number of materials, including: glass, enamel, concrete, cement, pottery, brick, porcelain, and chinaware.

Glass is a special type of ceramic, in that it has no crystalline structure, and is classed as an amorphous solid, meaning there is no long-range order of the positioning of its molecules.

You can find further information on Glass, Glass-ceramics and ceramics here:

http://chemed.chem.purdue.edu/genchem/topicreview/bp/materials/ceramic4.html#glass

by Chris Taylor

 


 

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