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

Jun 24, 2017

Well, a solution is a mixture in which the constituents in the same phase.........i.e. $\text{homogeneous}$.

#### Explanation:

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 $\text{NON-HOMOGENEOUS}$; typically a finely divided solid is suspended in a liquid phase to give a $\text{suspension}$. A liquid solute that is suspended in another liquid solvent, and is finely divided is an example of an $\text{emulsion}$ - 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.