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Hetero and Homo clarification

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  1. May 10, 2016 #1
    I've just recently started relearning chemistry. Forgive me for asking such a basic question, but my textbook doesn't use very practical examples with a detailed explanation.

    So a hetero and homo mixture can be classified as if there compositions (multiple substances) are blended or not. Let's say a trail mix is hetero mixture because all of the little chips and crackers do not blend (or form?) together. An example of a homo mixture is sugar and water (sugar dissolved in water) because they blended together.

    Another small side question: Is it always possible to tell whether specific matter is homo or hetero just by looking at it, or do you need to know the compositions of the matter?
     
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  3. May 10, 2016 #2

    DaveC426913

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    OK, I really thought this thread was going to be about something else...
     
  4. May 10, 2016 #3

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    "A heterogeneous mixture is made of different substances that remain physically separate. Heterogeneous mixtures always have more than one phase (regions with uniform composition and properties)"

    I'd say that,
    in a homogenous mixture you can be sure that any number of samples will have the essentially same concentration of each substance,
    whereas
    in a heterogenous mixture you cannot be guaranteed that. Take enough samples and you will find a discrepancy in concentrations of the substances.
     
  5. May 10, 2016 #4
    So basically, if you were to mix two substances and they would always reveal about the same amount of concentration of the substances.
     
  6. May 10, 2016 #5

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    Yes. That would make it homogenous.
     
  7. May 10, 2016 #6
    OK, thanks for the help!
     
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