1. When we say that something is pure, it means that all the constituent particles of that substance are the same in their chemical nature. A pure substance always consists of a single type of particles.
2. When we look around, we can see that most of the matter around us exist as mixtures of two or more pure components. For example, sea water, minerals, soil etc., are all mixtures.
3. Mixtures are constituted by more than one kind of pure form of matter, known as a substance. Dissolved sodium chloride can be separated from water by the physical process of evaporation but sodium chloride cannot be separated into sodium and chlorine by physical means.
4. Types of mixtures: Depending upon the nature of components that form a mixture, we can have different types of mixtures. Mixtures which have a uniform composition throughout, are called homogeneous mixtures. For example, salt in water and sugar in water. Mixtures which contain physically distinct parts and have non-uniform composition are called heterogeneous mixtures. For example, mixture of sodium chloride and iron filings, salt and sulphur.
Activity 1. Perform an activity to differentiate between solution, suspension and colloidal solution.
(a) Distribute the following samples to four groups A, B, C and D of a class.
A few crystals of copper sulphate to group A.
One spatula is full of copper sulphate to group B.
Chalk powder to group C.
A few drops of milk or ink to group D.
(b) Ask each group to add the sample to water and stir using a glass rod.
(c) Direct a beam of light from a torch through the beakers.
(d) Leave the mixture undisturbed for a few minutes.
(e) Filter the mixtures
We observe that groups A and B get a clear solution of copper sulphate although with different colour density.
Group C get a suspension of chalk, which on filtration gives a residue of chalk on the filter paper and clear filtrate containing water.
Group D get a colloidal solution of milk. The solution in this case is not transparent. But no suspension is obtained here and on filtration, no residue is obtained on the filter paper.
5. Solution: A solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. Lemonade and soda water are example of solutions. A solution is not necessarily a liquid containing a solid, liquid or gas dissolved in it. Solid solution (alloys) and gaseous solution are also possible.
6. Alloys: Alloys are homogeneous mixtures of metals and cannot be separated into their components by physical methods. For example, brass is a mixture of approximately 30% zinc and 70% copper.
7. Solvent and solute: Solvent and solute are the components of the solution. The component that dissolves the other component in it is the solvent. The component that is dissolved in the solvent is called solute. Generally solute is present in smaller quantity and solvent is present in greater quantity. For example, we have a solution of sugar in water in which case sugar is solute and water is the solvent.
8. Tincture of iodine is a solution of iodine in alcohol. Aerated drinks like soda water are solutions of carbon dioxide as solute and water as solvent.
9. Air is a mixture of a gas in a gas. The two major components of air are nitrogen (78%) and oxygen (21%).
10. Properties of a solution:
(a) A solution is a homogeneous mixture.
(b) Particles of a solution are smaller than 1 nm (10-9 metre) in diameter. Therefore, they cannot be seen by naked eye.
(c) Because of small size, they do not scatter light.
(d) Solute particles cannot be separated from the mixture by filtration.
11. Concentration of the solution: A concentrated solution contains a large concentration of the solute in the solvent while a dilute solution contains a small concentration of the solute in the solvent.
12. Saturated solution: At any particular temperature, a solution that has dissolved as much solute as it is capable of dissolving, is called saturated solution. No more solute can be dissolved in the saturated solution at a given temperature.
13. Solubility: The amount of solute present in a saturated solution at a given temperature is called its solubility
14. Unsaturated solution: If the amount of solute contained in a solution is less than saturation level, it is called unsaturated solution.
15. Different substances in a given solvent has different solubilities at the same temperature.
16. Concentration of the solution: Concentration of a solution is the amount of solute present in a given amount (mass or volume) of solution.
(a) Mass by mass percentage of a solution
(b) Mass by volume percentage of a solution
17. Suspension: A suspension is a heterogeneous mixture in which the solute particles do not dissolve but remain suspended throughout the bulk of medium. Particles of a suspension are visible to the naked eye. For example, chalk powder in water.
18. Properties of a suspension:
(a) Suspension is a heterogeneous mixture.
(b) Particles of suspension can be seen with a naked eye.
(c) Particles of a suspension scatter light passing through it and make its path visible.
(d) Solute particles in a suspension settle down after some time when kept undisturbed.
(e) Components of a suspension can be separated by the process of filtration.
19. Colloidal solution: A colloidal solution is a heterogeneous mixture in which the solute particles do not settle down but remain suspended. Here the particle size of the solute is between 1 nm to 100 nm. Colloidal particles cannot be seen with a naked eye but they scatter light thus making the path of light visible. For example, milk and starch solution.
20. Properties of colloidal solutions:
(a) A colloidal solution is a heterogeneous mixture.
(b) The particles of a colloid cannot be seen with a naked eye.
(c) Colloidal particles scatter light.
(d) Colloidal particles do not settle down when left undisturbed.
(e) Colloidal particles cannot be separated from the mixture by the process of filtration.
21. Dispersed phase and dispersion medium : These are the components of a colloidal solution. The solute-like component in a colloidal solution are dispersed phase and the solvent like component in a colloidal solution is dispersed medium.
22. Some common examples of colloids:
23. Separating components of a mixture: Heterogeneous mixtures can be separated into their respective constituents by physical methods like handpicking, sieving, filtration etc.
Activity 2. Perform an activity to obtain coloured component (dye) from blue/ black ink.
Materials required: Burner, tripod stand, beaker, water, watch glass, ink.
(a) Fill half the beaker with water.
(b) Put a watch glass on the mouth of the beaker (see the figure).
(c) Put a few drops of the ink on the watch glass.
(d) Start heating the beaker.
(e) Continue heating as the evaporation goes on and stop heating when you do not see further change on the watch glass.
We observe that: Water has evaporated from the watch glass.A residue of ink has been obtained on the watch glass. Ink could be a mixture of different components which can be seen and separated by chromatographic method.
24. Separation of cream from milk: Cream can be separated from milk by the process of centrifugation which is done by centrifuging machine. This separation can also be achieved by using a milk churner.
The principle of centrifugation is that the denser particles are forced to the bottom and lighter particles stay at the top when spun rapidly.
25. Applications of centrifugation:
(a) Used in diagnostic laboratories for blood and urine tests.
(b) Used in dairies and at home to separate butter from cream.
(c) Used in washing machines to squeeze out water from wet clothes.
Activity 3. Separation of mixture of two immiscible liquids.
For the separation of a mixture of two immiscible liquids, we use a separating funnel as shown in Fig. 2.4.
Let us say we want to separate kerosene from water using a separating funnel. The following procedure is adopted:
(a) Pour the mixture of kerosene and water in a separating funnel.
(b) Let it stand undisturbed for some time so that the separate layers of kerosene and water are formed.
(c) Open the stopcock of the separating funnel and pour out the lower layer of water carefully.
(d) Close the stopcock of the separating funnel as the oil reaches the stopcock.
The principle of separation by this method is that liquids separate out in layers depending on the densities.
26. Separation of a mixture of salt and ammonium chloride: We shall make use of the fact that ammonium chloride sublimes on heating whereas salt does not. This property of ammonium chloride is used in separating this mixture. The process is carried out using an inverted funnel.
Activity 4. To separate the mixture of salt and ammonium chloride.
Materials required : Burner, tripod stand, china dish, mixture, funnel, cotton plug.
(a) Take about 5 g of the mixture on a clean china dish.
(b) Place it on a tripod stand and invert a glass funnel over it. Close the stem of the funnel with a cotton plug.
(c) Light a burner below the china dish. Keep a low flame.
It will be observed that vapours of ammonium chloride are produced on heating which rise up the funnel. The vapours get cooled and deposit on the inner surface of the funnel.
Salt is left in the china dish. Ammonium chloride can be obtained by scratching the inner wall of the funnel.
27. Separation of components of black ink: It is amazing to know that black ink is not a single substance. It is a mixture of number of dyes which can be separated by a process known as chromatography.
Activity 5. To separate the components of black ink.
Materials required: Strip of filter paper, pencil, ink, jar, water, glass rod, paper clips.
(a) Take a thin strip of filter paper.
(b) Draw a line on it using a pencil about 3 cm above the lower edge. [see Fig. 2.6].
(c) Put a small drop of ink at the centre of the line; Let it dry.
(d) Lower the filter paper into a jar containing water such that the drop of ink on the paper is just above the water
(e) Leave it undisturbed for an hour.
It will be observed that components of the ink will rise up the filter paper strip in the form of spots of different colours at different heights. Thus, we shall be able to identify and separate different constituents of black ink.
As water rises on the filter paper, it takes along with it the dye particles. The coloured component which is more soluble in the water rises faster. In this way, the colours get separated.
28. Application of chromatography: To separate
(a) colours in a dye,
(b) pigments from natural colours, and
(c) drugs from blood.
29. Separation of a mixture of two miscible liquids: Components of a mixture of two miscible liquids can be separated by using the technique of distillation.
Activity 6. Perform an activity to separate the components of a mixture of two miscible liquids.
Materials required : Clamp, distillation flask, tripod stand, burner, thermometer, rubber corks, water condenser, beaker.
Procedure: Let us separate a mixture of immiscible liquids acetone and water
(a) Take the mixture in a distillation flask. Fit it with a thermometer.
(b) Set up the apparatus as shown in Fig. 2.7
Fig. 2.7 Separation of two miscible liquids by distillation
(c) Heat the mixture slowly keeping a close watch at the thermometer.
(d) Acetone, being more volatile, vaporises first, condenses in the condenser and gets collected in the beaker as shown in the figure.
(e) Water is left behind in the distillation flask.
(i) It will be observed that vapours of acetone are formed first because out of acetone and water, acetone is more volatile. Its boiling points (56°C) is lower than that of water (100°C).
(ii) Thermometer reading becomes constant at 56 °C till the whole of acetone has vaporised.
(iii) Boiling point of acetone is 56 °C.
(iv) Acetone vapours cross over to the condenser where they condense into liquid acetone. This fraction is separated and collected in the beaker. Water is left in the distillation flask.
30. Fractional distillation: When the difference in boiling points of the liquids that we wish to separate is less than 25 K, we may face problem with simple distillation technique. The more volatile liquid that we obtain in the beaker may be contaminated with less volatile liquid. In such cases fractional distillation is used.
Activity 7. Here a fractionating column, as shown in Fig 2.8, is used. A simple fractionating column is a tube packed with glass beads. The beads provide surface for the vapours to cool and condense repeatedly. Only the more volatile component will be able to cross over to the condenser.
Fig. 2.8 Fractional distillation
31. Separation of different gases of air: Air is a homogeneous mixture of gases like nitrogen, oxygen, etc. The components can be separated by fractional distillation. The flow diagram of the process is given below [Fig. 2.9] :
Fig. 2.9 : Flow diagram shows the process of obtaining gases from air
(a) Increasing order of boiling points of the gases is
Nitrogen < Argon < Oxygen
(b) As air is cooled, oxygen will form the liquid first as it has the highest boiling point.
The industrial plant used for the separation of components of air is shown in Fig : 2.10:
32. Crystallisation: This is a technique for the purification of solids.
Activity 8. Perform an activity to purify copper sulphate by the process of crystallisation.Materials required: Impure copper sulphate, china dish, burner, filter paper, funnel.
(a) Take approx. 5 g impure copper sulphate in a china dish.
(b) Dissolve it in minimum amount of water.
(c) Filter the impurities out.
(d) Evaporate water from the copper sulphate solution so as to get a saturated solution.
(e) Leave the china dish undisturbed for a day.
You will see crystals of copper sulphate in china dish.
(i) We find that there are blue crystals of copper sulphate alongwith a liquid (called mother liquor) in the china dish.
(ii) All the crystals look alike.
(iii) The crystals can be separated from the liquid in the china dish by decantation.
33. Advantages of crystallisation over other techniques: Crystallisation technique of purification is recommended in the following cases:
(a) When solids decompose or get charred on heating.
(b) When we suspect some dissolved impurities in the filtrate.
Applications of crystallisation: Purification of salt that we get from seawater. Separation of crystals of alum (phitkari) from impure sample.
34. Flow diagram of water works
Table 2.2 : Mixtures and Compounds
41. We can summarise the physical and chemical nature of matter as under: