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# Mixtures, Solutions and Suspensions

## Mixtures vs. solutions vs. suspensions.

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### Mixtures

A mixture is a combination of substances which are not chemically joined together.

• Mixtures have the same properties as their components
• There is no fixed proportion between the components
• The components can be separated from the mixture

#### Examples

• sugar and salt
• air with nitrogen and oxygen

### Solutions

A solution is a homogeneous mixture in which one substance (solute) is dissolved in another substance (solvent).

• The components in a solution may not be separated from the solution by leaving it to stand, or by filtration

If a material dissolves in a liquid the material is said to be soluble. A solution is saturated if no more solute can be dissolved with temperature remaining constant.

#### Examples

• salt in sea water

### Suspensions

A suspension is a mixture of liquids with particles of a solid which may not dissolve in the liquid.

• The solid may be separated from the liquid by leaving it to stand, or by filtration

#### Examples

• sand in water
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The study of fluids - liquids and gases. Involving velocity, pressure, density and temperature as functions of space and time.

## Related Documents

• ### Concentration Units Converter

Calculator and formulas for conversion between different units of concentration: Molarity, molality, mole fraction, weight percent of solute and grams of solute per liter of solution - descriptive terms for solubility.
• ### Ionic Compounds in Water - Solubility Guidelines

Guidelines or solubility rules to predict whether or not a given ionic compound is soluble in water at room temperature.
• ### Liquid-Liquid Solution - Shrinkage and Estimation of Density

It is possible to estimate the density of a liquid-liquid solution from the density of the solute and the solvent. However, due to shrinkage, the estimate will be a bit too low.
• ### Mixing Fluids

Final mass and temperature when mixing fluids.
• ### Naming Inorganic Binary Compounds

Rules for naming inorganic ionic and covalent types of chemical compounds.
• ### Solubility

The amount of a solute that can be dissolved in a solvent.
• ### Solubility Product Constants

The equilibrium constant, Ksp, for aqueous solutions of ionic compounds at 25°C.
• ### Solutions, Molarity and Dilution

Definitions and examples of how to calculate wt%, molarity and how to prepare dilutions.
• ### Sugar Water Solutions - Viscosities

Dynamic viscosities of sucrose water solutions vs. temperature.
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