Identify if tea, 10kt gold, windex, seafood gumbo, and gasoline are each a compound, solution, colloid, suspension, element, or alloy.

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Compound: A chemical bonding of two or more different. atoms

Solution: A homogenous mixture of two or more substances, all of which are in the same phase.

Colloid: A solution wherein the solute is small enough that it does not settle, and renders the solution cloudy.

Suspension: A solution wherein the solute does settle.

Element: A substance that can be found on the Periodic Table; the simplest form of matter that retains unique properties depending on the proportions of its constituent parts.

Alloy: A mixture of two or more elements, one of which is a metal.

For each of the items you want identified:

Tea: This depends on the particular cup of tea being considered. Any tea leaf particles would render it a suspension; however, pure tea "liquid" would probably be considered a solution.

10kt Gold: 10 karat indicates that the gold is not pure meaning it is an alloy.

Windex: A solution (mix of ammonia and water, which doesn't settle).

Seafood Gumbo: Compound (cooking creates new compounds).

Gasoline: A solution (mix of hydrocarbons that don't settle).