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Difference Between Mixture and Solution

Mixture vs Solution

In chemistry, some terminologies and definitions can be matched up mostly if our brain doesn’t have too much information overload. When we are trying to recall, we tend to mix concepts and such. This is normal, though. Mastery is always the key. In chemistry, though, there should be no excuse, and students should always be able to master such concepts.

“Mixture” and “solution” are often misunderstood and mixed up as concepts. Besides the difference in spelling, “mixture” and “solution” seem not to be different at all. We can use “mixture” in place of “solution” and vice versa. Which is which? What to use?

To clear things up, a mixture is a unification of substances in which, if they are mixed up, their properties in physical terms would remain the same. An example of this is fruit salad with condensed milk. If you mix the fruit salad and condensed milk, both will yield the same physical properties. You can still sort which is the condensed milk as well as the different fruit components such as chopped apples, pears, pineapples, and lots more.

In a solution, however, it is so much different. In a solution, the mixture of substances involves dissolving the substances into a new form of solution. An example is milk tea. To make a milk tea, milk is dissolved in tea, and one cannot separate the milk in the tea again. Another is Kool-Aid, instant 3 in 1 coffee, and a lot more.

Now you know the difference between the two. It is imperative to use these words correctly. We can use the word “solution” among drinks such as instant drinks, chocolate drinks, cooking sauces, and so on and so forth. We can use “mixture” in foods such as salads, fruit dishes, meat dishes, and other stuff.

By knowing these words it will help us use these terms accurately when stating agreements and such.

Summary:

1.In a solution, the substances are dissolved while in a mixture the substances are mixed up but they are not completely dissolved.
2.Examples of mixtures are foods such as vegetable salads, fruit salads, etc. An example of solutions are drinks and beverages such as powdered coffee, powdered milk that are mixed in water.


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  1. In Chemistry a Solution is a homogeneous mixture, that is to say a mixture whose composition is uniform throughout. If the composition is not uniform, then we call them heterogeneous mixtures.

    Ignacio Rodon, Ph.D.

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