Can you describe the differences between solutions, suspensions, and emulsions?

1 Answer
Jun 24, 2017

Well, a solution is a mixture in which the constituents in the same phase.........i.e. #"homogeneous"#.


Solutions can be in the solid, liquid, or gaseous phase. Alloys, the air we breathe, and solutions of soluble salts, are ALL examples of solutions.

Suspensions and emulsions are #"NON-HOMOGENEOUS"#; typically a finely divided solid is suspended in a liquid phase to give a #"suspension"#. A liquid solute that is suspended in another liquid solvent, and is finely divided is an example of an #"emulsion"# - certain patent medicines are sold as emulsions. An example of an emulsion is salad dressing or mayonnaise; where oil and vinegar is shaken together so that the mixture emulsifies and hopefully sticks to your salad leaves.