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Why are glass cylinders preferred over plastic cylinders for conducting lab experiments?

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my guess would be that plastic reacts to a lot of chemicals, glass does not.

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Plastic is kinda like a chemical that can't decompose in soil and maybe reacts to other chemicals. Anyways, maybe its because glass does not dissolve in the chemical. Plastic kind of does a little. Well at least something like dissolve.

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Some beakers require an applied bunsen burner. Maybe a more practical device. Easier to clean and sanitize by steam if needed. (Some acids (hydrofluoric) eat through glass, so you might need a plastic or stainless steel also.)

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Glass is reusable after strong chemicals are used. They can hold these chemicals too. Glass also can be heated. Glass also creates a less noticeable meniscus.

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