Is distilled water a mixture, compound or element?


Quick Answer

Distilled water is pure liquid H2O, which makes it a compound. It is not a mixture because it only contains one type of molecule. It is also not an element because water molecules are made of both hydrogen and oxygen.

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Distilled water, as long as it's not contaminated with any other elements or compounds, is a compound. However, if another substance is introduced, it can become a mixture. For example, salt water is a mixture because it contains water molecules and salt ions. Distillation is a process that involves boiling away water molecules and condensing them in another container to yield pure water, leaving only impurities in the original container.

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