Separation of Mixture

By | July 19, 2016

Question 1 What do you mean by separation of mixtures?

Question 2 How will you separate a mixture containing sand and sugar?

Question 3 Describe a method to separate a mixture of sand and salt?

Question 4 How will you separate a mixture of salt and sugar?

Question 5 Name a solvent used to separate a mixture of sulphur and carbon?

Question 6 How will you separate a mixture of sodium chloride and sand?

Question 7 How will you separate iodine from a mixture of iodine and common salts?

Question 8 Describe a method to separate a mixture of camphor and sand?

Question 9 Which method is used to separate naphthalene and common salt?

Question 10 How do you separate a mixture of iron filling and powdered carbon?

Question 11 How will you separate a mixture of iron filling and sulphur powder without using carbon disulphide?

Question 12 How will you separate iron pins from sand?

Question 13 Name any two solid substances whose mixture can be separated by sublimation?

Question 14 How is scrap iron separated from a heap of waste material in factories?

Question 15 How will you separate a mixture of chalk powder and water?

Question 16 Name the process which can be used to separate a mixture of salt solution and sand?

Question 17 Name the process which can be used to recover salt from an aqueous salt solution?

Question 18 Name the substances whose mixture can be separated completely by distillation?

Question 19 Name the process which is used in milk dairies to separate cream from milk?

Question 20 Explain the process of centrifugation?

Question 21 Explain how,impure copper sulphate can be purified by crystallisation?

Question 22 What is chromatography?

Question 23 Give few application of chromatography?

Question 24 Name the process by which all the dyes can be recovered from black ink?

Question 25 Name the process you would use to separate a mixture of water and alcohol?

Question 26 Name the apparatus you would use to separate oil from water?

Question 27 How will you separate a mixture of acetone and water?

Question 28 What is fractional distillation?

Question 29 Name few substances whose mixture can be separated by fractional distillation?

Question 30 How will you separate water from mustard oil?

Question 31 Name the process by which various gases can be separated?

Question 32 Define sublimation?

Separation Of Mixtures

The various constituents of a mixture have different physical properties such as density,solubility,size of particles,behaviour towards magnet,volatility,boiling point etc.The differences in physical properties of constituents is used to separate them from a mixture.

The various physical processes which are used to separate the constituents of mixture are:sublimation,separation by magnet,filtration,centrifugation,evaporation,crystallisation,chromatography,distillation,fractional distillation,separating funnel.The separation of mixtures,we consider three cases:

(1) Mixture of two solids

(2) Mixture of solid and liquid

(3) Mixture of two liquids.

Mixture of two solids
All the mixtures containing two solid substances can be separated by :

(1) By using suitable solvent

(2) By sublimation

(3) By using magnet

By using suitable solvent
One constituent of a mixture is soluble in a particular liquid solvent whereas the other constituent is insoluble in it.The differences in the solubilities of the constituents of a mixture can be used to separate them.

For Example : (1) A mixture of salt and sand
Salt is soluble in water whereas sand is insoluble in water.This difference in solubilities of salt and sand in water is used to separate them.

The mixture of salt and sand is taken in a beaker and water is added to it.The mixture is stirred to dissolve the salt in water.The sand remains undissolved.

sand and salt mixture

  Mixture of sand and salt

The salt solution containing sand is filtered by pouring over a filter paper kept in a funnel.sand remains as a residue on the filter paper and salt solution is obtained as a filtrate in a beaker kept below the funnel.

(2) A mixture of Sulphur and Sand
Both sugar and sulphur are insoluble in water,so water can not be used as a solvent to separate them.However sulphur is soluble in carbon disulpide whereas sand is insoluble in carbon disulpide.

(3) A mixture of sugar and salt
Both sugar and salt are soluble in water,so water cannot be used as a solvent to separate them.However sugar is soluble in alcohol whereas salt is insoluble.

By Sublimation
The changing of a solid state directly into vapours on heating and vapours into solid on cooling is called sublimation.

The solid substance which undergoes sublimation is called as sublime.

The solid substance obtained on cooling the vapours is called sublimate.

The process of sublimation is used to separate those substances from a mixture which sublime oh heating.

The substances like ammonium chloride,iodine,camphor,naphthalene,anthracene sublime on heating and can be recovered in the form of a sublimate by cooling their vapours.

Most of the solid substances do not undergo sublimation.

For Example :Substances such as common salt,sand,iron filing,chalk etc.

The process of sublimation is used to separate that component of a solid-solid mixture which sublimes on heating.



Separation By Magnet
If a mixture contains iron as one of the constituent,it can be separated by using magnet.

For Example :A mixture of iron filing and sulphur powder can be separated by using magnet.This is because iron filling are attracted by a magnet but sulphur is not attracted by a magnet.

In order to separate iron filing from sulphur powder,a horse-shoe magnet is moved over the surface of the mixture.The iron filings are attracted by the magnet,they cling to the poles of the magnet and get separated.

magnetic separation


Mixture Of Solid and liquid

(1) By Filtration

(2) By crystallisation

(3) By centrifugation

(4) By chromatography

(5) By evaporation

(6) By Distillation

The process of removing insoluble solids from a liquid using a filter paper is called filtration.

It is used for separating insoluble substances from a liquid.

The mixture of insoluble solid and liquid is poured into a filter paper cone fixed in a funnel by using a glass rod as a guide.The liquid passes through a filter paper and collects in the beaker kept below the funnel.The solid particles do not passes through the filter paper and remain behind on the filter paper.The solid substance left behind on filter paper is called residue.The clear liquid obtained is called filtrate.

For Example:A mixture of chalk and water,Sand and water etc.

A heterogeneous mixture of a solid and a liquid can be separated by the process of filtration.


Mixture of water and sand

Centrifugation is a method of separating the suspended particles of a substance from a liquid in which the mixture is rotated at a high speed in a centrifuge.

Centrifugation is done by using a machine called centrifugate.

In the method of centrifugation ,the mixture of fine suspended particles in a liquid is taken a test tube.The test tube is placed in a centrifuge machine and rotated rapidly for some time.As the mixture rotates rapidly,a force acts on the heavier suspended particles in it and brings them down o the bottom of the test tube.The clear liquid,being lighter,remains on the top.

We can separate the clay particles suspended in water very rapidly by centrifugation.

Milk is a suspension of tiny droplets of oil in a watery liquid.The process of centrifugation is used in dairies to separate cream from milk.The milk is put in a closed container in big centrifuge machine.When the centrifuge machine is switched on,the milk is rotated at a very high speed in its container.Due to this,the milk separates into cream and skimmed milk.

The process of centrifugation is also used in washing machines to squeeze out water from wet clothes and make them dry.



Evaporation is used to separate a solid substance that has dissolved in water.

The dissolved substance is left as a residue when all the water has evaporated.

The use of process of evaporation for separating a mixture is based on the fact that liquid vaporise easily whereas solid do not vaporise easily.

For Example : (1)Separation of common salt and water.

The solution of common salt and water is taken in a china dish and heated gently by using a burner.The water present in salt solution will form water vapours and escape into atmosphere.When all the water present in the solution of common salt and water gets evaporated,then common salt is left behind in the china dish as a white solid.

The process of evaporation is used on a large scale to obtain common salt from sea water.

Evaporation is used for recovering dissolved solid substances from liquid mixtures but the liquid itself cannot be recovered by this method.

(2) The blue ink is a mixture of a dye in water.

This dye is the coloured component of the ink.We can separate the coloured component of ink by the process of evaporation.



The process of cooling a hot,concentrated solution of a substance to obtain crystals is called crystallisation.

It is used for obtaining a pure solid substance from impur sample.

(1) Impure solid substance is dissolved in minimum amount of water.

(2) The solution is filtered to remove insoluble impurities.

(3) The clear solution is heated gently on a water bath till a concentrated solution or saturated solution is obtained.

(4) Allow the hot ,saturated solution to cool slowly.

(5) Crystals of pure solid are formed.Impurities remain dissolved in solution.

(6) Separate the crystals of pure solid by filtration and dry.
For Example :Impure copper sulphate can be purified by the method of crystallisation.


It is a technique of separating two or more dissolved solids which are present in a solution in very small quantities.

By paper chromatography two or more different substances present in a same solution can be separated.Two or more substances are soluble in same solvent but their solubilities may be different .

For Example :Black ink is a mixture of several coloured substances which can be separated by this method.

(1) Take a thin strip of filter paper.Draw a pencil line on it,about 3 cm from one end.

(2) Put a small drop of black ink on filter paper strip at the centre of the pencil line.Let the ink dry.

(3) When the drop of ink has dried,the filter paper strip is lowered into a tall glass jar containing some water in its lower part.The filter paper is held vertically by attaching its upper end to a glass rod with cello tape.The lower end of paper strip should dip in water but pencil line should remain above the water level in the jar.

(4) The water gradually rises up the filter paper strip by capillary action.As water moves up the paper strip,it takes along the dyes present in ink.The dye which is more soluble in water dissolves first,rises faster and produces a coloured spot on the paper at a higher position.The less soluble dyes dissolve a little later,rise slower and form coloured spots at lower heights.In this way all the dyes present in black ink get separated.

(5) When the water reaches near the top end of the filter paper strip,the paper strip is removed from the jar and dried.The paper with its separate coloured spots is a called a chromatogram.

(6) The chromatogram obtained by using black ink in this experiment has three coloured spots on it.This means that given sample of black ink has three different dyes mixed in it.


Applications of chromatography

(1) It is used to separate solution of coloured substances.

(2) It is used in forensic sciences to detect and identify trace amount of substances in the contents of bladder and stomach.

(3) It is used to separate small amount of products of chemical reaction.

(4) It is used to separate pigments from natural colours.

It is a process of heating a liquid to form vapours,and then cooling the vapours tho get back the liquid.The liquid obtained by condensing the vapour is called distillate.In order to obtain both solid as well as liquid from the mixture,the process of distillation is used.When a homogeneous mixture of solid and liquid is heated in a closed distillation flask.the liquid being volatile form vapours.The vapours are the passed through condenser where they get cooled and condensed to form pure liquid.The pure liquid is collected is collected in a separate vessel.The solid being non volatile remains behind.
For Example: NaCl+water
Pure water or distilled water is made from tap water by the process of distillation.It is used to separate two miscible liquid having different boiling point. The liquid having lower boiling point distils over first and the liquid having higher boiling point distills later.
Separation of two or more liquids
(1) Fractional Distillation
(2) By separating funnel

Those liquids which mix together in all proportion and form a single layer are called miscible liquids.

For Example :Alcohol and water,Water and acetone etc

Those liquids which do not mix with each other and form separate layer are called immiscible liquids.

For Example:Oil and water,Petrol and water etc.

A mixture of immiscible liquids is separated by using an apparatus called separating funnel.

Fractional Distillation
Fractional distillation is the process of separating two or more miscible liquids by distillation,The distillate being collected in fractions boiling at different temperatures.

The separation of two liquids by fractional distillation depends on the differences in their boiling points.


A simple Fractionating column is a long vertical glass tube filled with glass beads.The glass beads provide a large surface area for hot vapours to cool and condense repeatedly.In most simple terms,A fractionating column can be regarded as an arrangement for providing different temperature zones inside it,the highest temperature being at the bottom of the column and lowest temperature near its top.The Fractionating column is fitted in the neck of the distillation flask containing the mixture of liquids to be separated.

For Example :Alcohol and water are miscible liquids.

The boiling point of alcohol is 78°C and boiling point of water is 100°C therefore a mixture of alcohol and water can be separated by fractional distillation.The alcohol with boiling point 78°C will distil first and then water with boiling point 100°C will distil later.

Fractional distillation separates the various liquids according to their boiling point,the more volatile liquid(having lower boiling point)distils first and the less volatile liquid (having higher boiling point)distils later.

Acetone and Water : The boiling point of acetone is 56°C whereas that of water is 100°C.So acetone will distil first and then water.

Application of Fractional Distillation

(1) It is used to separate the mixture of miscible liquid in the laboratory.
(2) It is used to separate crude oil petroleum into useful fractions such as kerosene,petrol,diesel.

(3) It is used to separate gases of the air.

fractional distillation


Separation by separating funnel
A mixture of two immiscible liquids can be separated by using a separating funnel.
A separating funnel is a special type of funnel which has a stop-cock in its stem to allow the flow of a liquid from it,or to stop the flow of liquid from it.The separation of two immiscible liquids by a separating funnel depends on the differences in their densities.

The mixture of two immiscible liquids is put in a separating funnel and allowed to stand for sometime.the mixture separates into two layers according to the densities of the liquid in it.The heavier or denser liquid forms the lower layer whereas the lighter liquid forms the upper layer.On opening the stop cock of separating funnel,the lower layer of heavier liquid comes out first and collected in a beaker.When the lower layer of heavier liquid is completely run off,the stop cock is closed.The lighter liquid in the upper layer is collected in a separate beaker by opening the stop cock again.

For Example: water and kerosene, petrol and water,oil and water,benzene and ether etc can be separated by using separating funnel.

When the mixture of water and kerosene is put in a separating funnel,it forms two layers.Water being heavier,forms the lower layer in the separating funnel whereas kerosene being lighter forms the upper layer.On opening the stop cock of separating funnel,the lower layer of water comes out first and collected in a beaker.When water layer has completely run off,then stop cock is closed.the kerosene is left behind in the separating funnel. It can be removed in a separate beaker by opening the stop cock again.

separating funnel

separating funnel

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