Solution, sol and suspension are the three different compositions of a mixture. So first let us know what does these three terms mean?
A solution is a homogeneous mixture of two or more substances. They are stable in nature.
A sol is a heterogeneous mixture. They are quite stable in nature.
These are a heterogeneous mixture. They are unstable in nature.
Difference between sol, solution and suspension
The difference between sol, solution and suspension are tabulated below
|Particle size||10-7 – 10-5cm||Less than 1nm||More than 100nm|
|Tyndall effect||Exhibits the Tyndall effect||Does not exhibit the Tyndall effect||May or may not be exhibited. Depends on the type of mixture|
|Appearance||Usually glassy and clear||Unclouded and clear||Cloudy and opaque|
|Visibility||Visible with an ultramicroscope||Not visible||Visible with the naked eye|
|Diffusion||Very slow diffusion||Rapid diffusion||No diffusion takes place|
|Stability||Quiet stable||Highly stable||Unstable|
|Settling down of the particles||Get settled on centrifugation the mixture||Does not settle||Settle on their own|
|Example||Milk, blood, smoke||Salt solution, Sugar solution||Sand in water, dusty air|