Problem: An important reaction that takes place in a blast furnace during the production of iron is the formation of iron metal and CO2 from Fe2O3 and CO. Determine the mass of Fe2O3 required to form 910 kg of iron. Find the mass of CO2 that forms in this process.

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We are asked to determine the mass of Fe2O3 required to form 910 kg of iron and the mass of CO2 that forms in this process.


Balanced reaction: 

Fe2O3 + 3 CO → 2 Fe + 3 CO2


Molar mass Fe2O3 = 159.7 g/mol

Molar mass CO = 28.01 g/mol

Molar mass Fe = 55.85 g/mol

Molar mass CO2 = 44.01 g/mol


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An important reaction that takes place in a blast furnace during the production of iron is the formation of iron metal and CO2 from Fe2O3 and CO. Determine the mass of Fe2O3 required to form 910 kg of iron. Find the mass of CO2 that forms in this process.

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