Introduction to separation techniques



Introduction to separation techniques

Performance Objectives

The student should be able to:

  1. Explain the meaning of the separation technique
  2. List and explain at least three separation techniques


Separation techniques

Separation techniques are techniques used to separate mixtures into their constituent elements or compounds. Recall that a mixture contains elements or compounds which are not chemically combined together.

By separating the constituents of the mixtures, we are able to find out the properties of the known or unknown substances from mixtures and possibly use them for the production of useful substances such as medicines.

Depending on the physical and chemical properties of the substances in the mixture, we can choose the most appropriate separation technique to isolate them from the mixture.

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