Classification of Matter Matching

Molecules The smallest particle of a compound that retains the properties of the compound. Consists of two or more elements chemically bonded together.
Compounds A pure substance made of two or more elements that are chemically combined. The compound will have different physical and chemical properties than the parent elements. The elements always combine in the same ratio or proportions.
Elements
 
The simplest pure substance, composed of just one kind of atom.
Colloids
 
Non-separating mixture with intermediate particle sizes. Light shining through will reflect off of the particles.
Alloys
 
A solid solution, usually of metals.
Solution An extremely well-mixed homogeneous mixture in which one substance is dissolved uniformly in another. Light shining through will not show any particles.
Homogeneous mixture
 
A mixture that is well-mixed with no visible boundaries, with identical properties throughout.
Suspension Heterogeneous mixture in which particles can be seen, particles will settle out eventually. Light shining through will reflect off of the particles.
Heterogeneous mixture
 
A mixture that is not the same throughout with visible particles that can be separated from the mixture.
Mixture
 
Two or more elements or compounds that are blended together without combining chemically.
Solute
 
The substance that is dissolved to form a solution.
Solvent
 
The substance that does the dissolving to form a solution.