What is a Mixture and How is it Different than a Compound?


What is a Mixture?

A mixture is a mix of two or more different things. Mixtures can be of almost anything. It could be of chemicals mixed together to make something different or just a simple drink with different things.

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A glass of water is a homogeneous mixture.

Two Types of Mixtures?

One types of mixture is a homogeneous mixture. Homogeneous mixtures are mixtures that are evenly distributed. Mixtures can be separated into three types; suspension, colloid or solution. Homogeneous mixtures are colloid or solutions.

An example of a homogeneous mixture is salt water, in salt water you cannot see the salt.



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This is an example of a heterogeneous mixture.

Another type of mixture is a heterogeneous mixture. Heterogeneous mixtures are made up of different substances that stay separate. Heterogeneous mixtures are usually suspension mixtures. An example of a heterogenous mixture is a glass of iced tea, the ice is made up of different things than the tea.

What is a Compound?

A compound is a substance. Compounds are not mixtures, but compounds are usually used to make mixtures. Compounds are made of two or more elements.
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Differences:

Mixtures are of several compounds and compounds are what makes mixtures.
- Compounds are chemically combined while mixtures are not.
- Compounds are used to make mixtures.

- Compounds are pure substances, which means salt would not be a compound because it is made of sodium chloride and other things.
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