What is Centrifugation? - Definition, Process & Uses


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What is the name of the machine that spins in order to separate out components making up a mixture?

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1. How does centrifugation work?

2. If you were centrifuging whole milk, which would you expect to get flung further out from the center of the centrifuge?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Assess your understanding of centrifugation with this worksheet/quiz. Topics include the name of the machine that spins and separates elements that make a mixture and an explanation of how centrifugation works.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be responsible for the following points:

  • A result of centrifuging whole milk
  • The uses of centrifugation
  • Locations at which you could find a working centrifuge

Skills Practiced

  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a machine that spins and separates components in a mixture
  • Defining key concepts - make sure you can accurately define centrifugation
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about what's separated when centrifuging whole milk and the various uses of that process

Additional Learning

You can learn more about centrifuging with the video lesson entitled What is Centrifugation? - Definition, Process & Uses. These key topics will be covered:

  • Movement of particles in centrifugation
  • Centrifugation examples
  • Products that are made by centrifugation