How can liquids be separated by density?

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Jun 30, 2016

Are the liquids miscible?


Certainly water may be separated from organic solvents, or from mercury, by the use of a separating funnel. The more dense liquid may be decanted off through the stopcock, retaining the less dense liquid. Of course, each phase will retain some of the other phase, but this may be removed by drying or by suction.