Why is Silicon Dioxide used as a main component in Glass?

As in, has silicon dioxide got special properties, or a certain molecular pattern. Anything to explain why this is used. (Need help with this for a physics Essay)

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One Response to “Why is Silicon Dioxide used as a main component in Glass?”

  1. Eskualdun says:

    Because when it is melted it produces a clear product, which is the point of glass. There is no “certain molecular pattern” because the solid glass is amorphous – holding the other added chemicals in solution to produce colors or color effects.