How does a solution differ from a compound?
A compound is a pure substance that is composed of elements chemically bonded in definite proportions. A compound can be broken down into simpler substances only by chemical reactions, such as electrolysis.
A solution is a homogeneous mixture, meaning that it is the same throughout. A solution is composed of one or more solutes dissolved in a solvent. The proportions of the solute(s) can vary, as the components of a solution are not chemically bonded. The components of a mixture can be separated by physical means, such as filtration and distillation.