What is the difference between mixture and compound?

Asked by  | 22nd Aug, 2008, 08:55: PM

Expert Answer:

mixture.

  • The composition of a mixture is variable.
  • Each of its components retains its characteristic properties.
  • Its components are easily separated

compounds

  • The relative proportions of the elements in a compound are fixed.
  • The components of a compound do not retain their individual properties. Both sodium and chlorine are poisonous; their compound, table salt - NaCl - is absolutely essential to life.
  • It takes large inputs of energy to separate the components of a compound.

Answered by  | 22nd Aug, 2008, 10:48: PM

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