What is put into Acrylic plastic?  

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Acrylic plastic is composed of acrylate monomers that are used to form acrylate polymers, which are strings of monomers that are chemcially bonded together.  Typical acrylate monomers are acrylic acid, methylacrylate, and acrylonitrile.  Acrylic plastics are reknown for their strength, transparency, and flexibility.  They have found widespread use in many areas of industry, such as food, soft drinks, and plastic wrap.  The science of monomers and polymers is called polymer chemistry.  This is the study of physical and chemical characteristics of acrylic monomers and polymers.  Plastics also have widespread application in the construction industry, used in paints, vinyl siding, PVC pipe, and other assorted building components that have a portion or all of their composition made of plastic.

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