Soil is considered a mixture, as it is a composition in which each of the components retains its own properties. Mixtures have no fixed chemical structure or composition, and each of the atoms or molecules can be physica... More »

Steel is a solid solution, a subtype of chemical mixtures that involve two or more molecules in a solid state that combine to form a single substance while retaining their individual identities. The component metals maki... More »

Sand is a heterogeneous mixture because it is a granular substance composed of small particles of rocks or minerals. A heterogeneous mixture contains components that are not uniform throughout the mixture. More »

A homogeneous mixture is one that has a uniform composition and the same properties throughout the mixture. This is different than a homogeneous substance, which means that there is only one kind of substance present. A ... More » Science Chemistry

Oxygen is an element, not a compound, and can be found on the periodic table with the atomic number eight. Oxygen is primarily found in two common forms, oxygen gas and in air. Oxygen gas molecules are made of two oxygen... More »

An element or compound that enters into a chemical reaction is called a reagent, while the elements or compounds that result from a chemical reaction are called products. Reagents can be further defined as reactants, cat... More »

Salt is a compound, not an element. Table salt, for example, is sodium chloride, a chemical compound with the formula NaCl. It is made from two elements: sodium, or Na, and chlorine, or Cl. More »