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What is the difference between mixture and compound?

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Fri August 22, 2008


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


  • 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.
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