As noted, carbon can combine with other elements as well as with itself. This ability allows carbon to form many different compounds of varying size, strengths, and shape. Carbon is used in synthetic materials called composites that contain both carbon fiber and fiberglass reinforcement.
Light yet strong, carbon composites have many applications in aerospace and automotive fields, as well as in sailboats, and notably in modern bicycles. Carbon is also becoming increasingly common in small consumer goods as well, such as laptop computers, tripods, fishing rods, tennis racket frames, stringed instrument bodies, classical guitar strings, and even drum shells.
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