November 06, 2008

Somewhat overgeneralized chemistry analogy of the day

Popular music : Classical music :: Precipitation : Solution

3 comments:

Danny Liss said...

I talked to my friends who studied science, and they're not entirely sure they get it. A little help?

anzu said...

I'm not sure I get this either. I thought a precipitate was what is left behind if a solution hits saturation point.

Matthew said...

Well, a solution is the combination of subtances (usually a solid into a liquid) into a homogeneous mixture. A precipitate is a solid generated out of a solution via chemical reaction. Shorthand: solution—combine; precipitation—separate out.