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.

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.

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.


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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