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What Is a Solvent in Science?

A solvent is a substance that is proportionally greater by volume or mass than the substance it dissolves, which is called the solute.  Solvents can be a gas, a liquid, a supercritical fluid, or even a solid substance. A combination of solvent and dissolved solute is a homogeneous mixture known as a solution. Many industrial processes require one or more...

What is Ethyl Alcohol?

Ethyl alcohol, also known as ethanol, is the active ingredient in alcoholic beverages. While you drink it when you consume things like beer, spirits and wine, drinking ethyl alcohol on its own is dangerous and could cause fatality.  Continue reading to learn the chemistry behind ethyl alcohol, from its chemical composition and manufacturing process to how it differs from isopropyl...

Chemistry GCSE Revision: Chemical Analysis

Chemical analysis is an integral and crucial part of chemistry. Great discoveries and advancements wouldn’t have been possible without analytical chemistry, which determines the chemical composition and molecular structure of all substances. Continue reading to revise topics in chemical analysis, including the various analytical techniques it uses. Analysing and Identifying Substances Chemical analysis can either be qualitative or quantitative. Analysis is...