Mixtures are of two types: heterogeneous and homogeneous. They are created by putting two or more substances together without initiating a chemical reaction; in other words, the two or more substances retain their characteristics. Simply put, heterogeneous mixtures are not consistent throughout; homogeneous mixtures are. Granite, milk, and raw sewage are heterogeneous. Demonstrating the property of heterogeneity can be done by grabbing a random handful of M&M’s and looking for uniformity in the arrangement of the colors. Saltwater, air, and rubbing alcohol are homogenous.
A true solution has characteristic properties, such as solubility, that describes how much solute can be dissolved in a prescribed amount of solvent at various temperatures and pressures. When a solution can dissolve no more solute at a certain pressure or temperature, it is said to be saturated. However, conditions can be tweaked to create a super-saturated solution that can subsequently be used to create crystals, much the same way that nature has produced sedimentary rocks.
Homogeneous solutions are rarely created spontaneously. Cooks stir, whisk, grind, and mechanically blend using their wares. Industrial and commercial concerns either actively agitate or passively strain to make many of their essential mixtures. There isn’t much public awareness of passive, or static, mixers because they are placed in pipes and tubes ingeniously configured to mix raw materials simply by their presence. And that is the beauty of them; without conscious effort, without electrical energy, and without maintenance, static mixers enhance the process of producing homogeneous mixtures.
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