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Substances in solution have different van der Waals attractions for each other and they can be separated and retrieved independently by the process of distillation that uses this principle of differential "stickiness." In this activity students manipulate temperature and "stickiness" in order to model effective distillation, which is an important technique for water purification and many industrial processes.
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Substances in solution can be separated and retrieved independently by the process of distillation.
Additional Related Concepts
Mass is not a factor in distillation, but if students want to be convinced that it is not, they can go to the activity Atomic Mass and Boiling Point (http://molo.concord.org/database/activities/275.html).
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