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Atoms, elements, molecules, compounds, substances and mixtures
What is an element
what are chemical coumpounds
What are chemical substances
Types of mixturesSeparation of mixtures
Chemical formulae
Important matter terminology


Asexual Reproduction
Charact' of Living Things


Needs of Living Things
Nutrients in Food
States of Matter
The Five Senses
Water Cycle

Separating Mixtures

Mixtures come in many forms and phases. Most of them can be separated, and the kind of separation method depends on the kind of mixture it is. Below are some common separation methods:

mixture separation techniquePaper Chromatography
This method is often used in the food industry. It is used to identify chemicals (coloring agents) in foods or inks. For example, if a scientist wants to know how many substances are in a particular blob of ink, paper chromatography can be used. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

mixture separation techniqueFiltration
This is a more common method of separating an insoluble solid from a liquid. An example of such a mixture is sand and water. Filtration is used in water treatment plants, where water from rivers is filtered to remove solid particles. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

mixture separation techniqueEvaporation
Evaporation is great for separating a mixture (solution) of a soluble solid and a solvent. The process involves heating the solution until the solvent evaporates (turns into gas) leaving behind the solid residue.
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mixture separation techniqueSimple distillation
This method is best for separating a liquid from a solution. In a way, the concept is similar to evaporation, but in this case, the vapor is collected by condensation. For example, if you want to separate water from a salt solution, simple distillation would be great for this. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

mixture separation techniqueFractional distillation
Similar to simple distillation, fractional distillation is best for separating a solution of two miscible liquids. (Miscible liquids are liquids that dissolve in each other). The Fractional method takes advantage of the different boiling points of the two liquids. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

mixture separation techniqueMagnetism
Magnetism is ideal for separating mixtures of two solids with one part having magnetic properties. Some metals like iron, nickel and cobalt have magnetic properties whiles gold, silver and aluminum do not. Magnetic elements are attracted to a magnet. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

mixture separation techniqueSeparating funnel
In this technique, two liquids that do not dissolve very well in each other (immiscible liquids) can be separated by taking advantage of their unequal density. A mixture of oil and water, for example, can be separated by this technique. CLICK HERE to see how it works.

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