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Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Mixtures

  • Last Updated : 21 Jul, 2021

When you buy any milk, butter, ghee, cheese, cold drink, salt, sugar, spices, juices, flour, or anything, how do you guess that it is pure or not? Let’s take Milk for our example, Now tell me when you will say that your milk is pure? Being a normal person you will react like if there is not any adulteration done by the dairyman then, it is pure milk. BUT for Scientists, it is impure. Do you know why? Because according to them all these things are a mixture of different substances that can be of any element and compound like in the case of milk, it is a mixture of fat, proteins, and water. That’s why no manufacturer ever writes pure on these items. 

What are Pure Substances?

Pure Substances are those substances whose constituent particles are the same in their chemical property or nature. Pure substances are a pure and single form of matter. It consists of single types of particles that can either be an element or a compound. 

For example- Each and every particle of silver will show the property of silver. 

What are Impure Substances or a Mixture?

Impure substances are those substances whose constituent particles do not have the same chemical nature. Impure substances are often known as Mixture. Mixtures are constituted by adding more than one kind of pure form of matter. It is made up of two or more elements or compounds that are mixed physically. A mixture can be separated into its constituents by physical process. Usually, energy neither given out nor absorbs in the preparation of a mixture. The composition of mixture always varies. The mixture is not combined together chemically. 

For example- Air is a mixture of water vapours and different gases like oxygen, nitrogen, argon, etc. 

If we see and notice all the surrounding things, we can notice that most of the things around us are a mixture of two or more pure components like soil, seas, and ocean water. They all are a mixture of different constituents.

From, the mixture of salt and water, we can separate both of them from each other by physical method. But we can’t separate salt into its chemical constituents as it itself a pure substance, and its composition is also the same throughout. Likewise, we can’t separate or break sugar granules into their chemical constituents as sugar is also a single pure substance. None of the soil is a single pure substance, whatever the source of the pure substance, it always will be similar distinctive properties like soil is a mixture of several minerals, nutrients, particles, impurities, organic matter, water, and air, etc. That’s why we can say that a mixture contains at least two or more substances that together combines to form a single mixture.

Mixtures are of two types-

  • Homogeneous Mixture
  • Heterogeneous Mixture

Homogeneous Mixture and Heterogeneous Mixture

Composition styling in the mixtures

Homogeneous Mixtures

Homogeneous Mixtures are those types of mixtures in which the mixed components are evenly spread in the whole mixture. There is no partitional difference in the mixture. We can’t determine the mixture by only seeing it because its particles are not physically detectable. All Homogeneous mixtures are solutions.

For example- Wine, Vinegar, etc.


  • It has uniform composition throughout, for instance, you will notice that a mixture of salt and water tastes salty at each and every sip means salt has occupied its space all over uniformly.
  • There is no partition in between the solution means if you will notice the saltwater you will see that there are no patches or foam or anything which will divide the solution into two halves.

Heterogeneous Mixture

In this kind of mixture, particles are physically distinguishable as they do not have uniform composition. These mixtures can be concluded just by watching. All heterogeneous mixtures are colloid and suspension. Mixtures in which substances remain distinct and one substance disperses into another substance in the form of small bubbles or in any form are called heterogeneous mixtures. 

For example- Ice cubes in cola form a heterogeneous mixture. Fruit and nut cookies are a heterogeneous mixture.


  • For instance, you can take a solution of sugar and sand dissolved in water. On observing after some time, you will see that there are two halves divided in the solution in which sand has settled down in the bottom whereas sugar gets fully dissolved in the water creating the first half.
  • A mixture of two immiscible liquids is also a heterogeneous mixture, like a mixture of water and oil is also a heterogeneous mixture because when they both will be mixed together, the oil will start floating on the top surface, and they will not get mixed with each other forming two clear phases in the mixture.

Examples of Homogeneous Mixture are tea, rain, soya sauce, chocolate, and Heterogeneous Mixture are cookies, pizza, burger layering, cake, etc.

Difference between Homogeneous and Heterogeneous Mixtures

 Homogeneous MixtureHeterogeneous Mixture
1.Mixtures that have uniform composition. Mixtures that do not have uniform composition throughout.
2.Boundary of separation could not be seen.Boundary of separation of constituent particles is clearly visible.
3.Particles are not indistinguishable.  Particles can be physically distinguishable.
4.‘Homo’ means the same.‘Hetero’ means different.
5.Particles can’t be seen with the naked eye.Particles can be seen with the naked eye.
6.It has uniform properties throughout. Its different parts have different properties.
7.For example- Copper sulphate dissolves in water.For example- Muddy water, detergent solution.

Sample Questions

Question 1: What is the reason for the difference in properties of solutions, colloids, and suspensions?


Due to different particle size there is the difference in properties of solutions, colloids and suspensions.

Question 2: Classify matter on the basis of its composition.


On the basis of composition, matter can be classified into-

1. Pure substance

2. Mixture

Question 3: How many types of pure substances are there? Name them.


There are two types of pure substances i.e. element and compound.

Question 4: Why seawater can also be called a homogeneous mixture?


 Seawater can also be called as homogeneous mixture because it is a mixture of salt and water also from different view.

Question 5: Give the definition of solute.


The component of the solution which has to be dissolved in the solution is called as solute.

Question 6: Which of the following is the major constituent of air in our atmosphere?


Nitrogen is the major constituent of air in our atmosphere.

Question 7: What is the tincture of iodine?


Iodine tincture is a weak iodine solution. It is a homogeneous solution.

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