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Separating mechanical mixtures

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Lesson 3.2 Separating Mechanical Mixtures
Complex Mixtures
Using Sieves and Filters
are devices that make it possible to separate different elements from one another. They may be used in the preparation of food, the sorting of grains, and even in the separation of different types of building materials. An example of this is gold panning. A sieve is a container that has a wire mesh in it. When you shake the sieve it starts to work.

is commonly the mechanical or physical operation which is used for the separation of solids from fluids (liquids or gases) by interposing a medium through which only the fluid can pass. The fluid that passes through is called the filtrate, while particles that are removed are called the residue. Oversize solids in the fluid are retained, but the separation is not complete.
Floating and Settling
parts of a mechanical mixture may float or sink in water
- you can skim off the parts floating on the water
is where part of a mixture falls to the bottom, and you can pour off the water on top
- sand and cocoa settle in water
- gold miners used to use settling to separate the gold from the dust during the gold rush
- settling is used to treat sewage in waste water treatment facilities
Separating mechanical mixtures
When you sort your laundry by colour or use a coffee filter to separate the different types of matter in coffee, you are separating mechanical mixtures. There are many different methods to separate heterogeneous mixtures.

How do you separate:

- pennies from a pile of change
- oil and water
- the components of blood
- magnetic parts of a landfill
- seashells from the sand
A simple way of separating mechanical mixtures is by

physically separating
components of a heterogeneous mixture

- similar parts are together

- only works with
larger objects
like m&m's
mechanical mixtures that include solutions
- blood = red blood cells + plasma (solution of water dissolved with nutrients)
- uses the method of floating and settling
- centrifuges speed up the process

Using A Magnet
- some metals and alloys are attracted to magnets

- others are not

- magnets can be used to separate magnetic objects from those that are not when mining for metals in a landfill

Dissolving Soluble Components

-some things are more soluble than others
-many substances can be dissolved by water
(it's the universal solvent, meaning that it can dissolve
many different types of matter)
= chemically bonding solvent+solute to make solution




Mixtures and Solutions by Carol Ballard




The heavier particles move to the outside
of the cylinder as the centrifuge spins
allowing the mixture to be separated.

- a mixture might have multiple
(less dense component "floats" to top) liquids, which you can skim or pour off
- melted chicken fat can be skimmed off chicken soup
-in filtration there are multiple layers so it is extremely precise
-process of passing heterogeneous mixture through multiple layers of small holes to separate solids from liquids and gases
-sieving there is only one layer
-separating larger pieces of matter
-larger particles in sieving get stuck on the top
- in filtration it gets stuck in the filter

What is the difference of sieving and filtering?
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