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What is the difference between a heterogeneous and a homogenous mixture?

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The main difference between a heterogeneous mixture and a homogeneous mixture is the degree to which the materials are mixed together. Generally speaking, a heterogeneous mixture is less well integrated than a homogenous mixture.

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What is the difference between a heterogeneous and a homogenous mixture?
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A heterogeneous mixture is one in which the different components are not especially well mixed. Either the components are not uniform or they have localized regions with different properties. A classic example of a heterogeneous mixture is oil and water. Others include soup or pizza.

A homogeneous mixture is one in which the components are uniformly and smoothly distributed throughout. Examples are air, blood and saturated sugar water.

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