The sketch in this learn node is from a course taught at MIT. You can virtually sit in on the lectures from the course by clicking this link: Fundamental Concepts of Material Science. The above sketch is from page 7 of lecture L2 PDF that you can download from the list you will get when you click the link. The sketch teaches us:
Mixture: Inhomogeneous multi-phase system where the components are not mixed on a molecular level.
Solution: Homogeneous system, components are mixed on a molecular level.
The difference between a solution and a mixture is a basic idea that the illustration above gives us � so that we can go on in our own learning to other concepts linked to the subject. The PDF of the lecture is an excellent place to move on in this learning; it has 13 pages of basics. The elemental new power of learning in the network ecology online is a matter of grasping a node like this one about “mixture or solution” and linking to related nodes to build concepts and experience thinking.
MORE LEARN NODES about mixtures and solutions from Rice University: “The word mixture can be defined as a heterogeneous association of substances that cannot be represented by a single chemical formula. This definition does not limit mixtures to solids mixed with liquids, nor is every mixture considered to be a solution. . . .”
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