Homogeneous Mixture: Definition & Examples

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Instructor: Derrick Arrington

Derrick has taught biology and chemistry at both the high school and college level. He has a master's degree in science education.

We use many types of mixtures in everyday life. In this lesson, you will learn about a type of mixture known as a homogeneous mixture so you will be able to identify them in the future.

What Are Homogeneous Mixtures?

There are all types of mixtures, and we encounter them frequently in our daily lives. Mixtures can be found in the liquids we drink, the foods we eat, and the air we breathe.

Homogeneous mixtures have the same composition throughout, and the individual parts of the mixture are not easily identifiable. Homogeneous mixtures are also referred to as solutions. While we normally think of solutions as liquids, such as soft drinks and lemonade, they can actually be in the form of solids, liquids, and gases. Homogeneous mixtures can also be a combination of these forms, as in a liquid-gas mixture.

Examples of Homogenous Mixtures

Homogeneous mixtures are all around us. Let's examine the different types of homogeneous mixtures we may encounter. One type of homogeneous mixture involves solid substances being combined. An example of this type of mixture is steel, which is a mixture of carbon and iron metal. These types of homogeneous mixtures involving metals are often referred to as alloys. It is important to note that no matter what size the piece of steel, you should always find the same ratio of carbon to iron in the composition, even though you cannot see the specific molecules of carbon and iron.

Gases can be combined to form homogeneous mixtures as well. The air that you are breathing right now is an example of this. It is composed of nitrogen, oxygen, carbon dioxide, and other gases combined. While we cannot pick out the individual molecules in the air around us, the composition of the air is the same whether you are in a small room or a huge stadium. This makes the air we breathe an example of a homogeneous mixture.

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