Problem: Suppose a teaspoon of magnesium filings and a teaspoon of powdered sulfur are placed together in a metal beaker. Would this constitute a mixture or a pure substance? Suppose the magnesium filings and sulfur are heated so they react with each other, forming magnesium sulfide. Would this still be a “mixture”? Why or why not?

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Recall that mixtures are combinations of two or more pure substances (elements or compounds).


Mixtures are not chemically combined (no chemical reaction).


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Suppose a teaspoon of magnesium filings and a teaspoon of powdered sulfur are placed together in a metal beaker. Would this constitute a mixture or a pure substance? Suppose the magnesium filings and sulfur are heated so they react with each other, forming magnesium sulfide. Would this still be a “mixture”? Why or why not?

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