Problem: Iron is mined from the earth as iron ore. Common ores include Fe2 O3 (hematite), Fe3 O4 (magnetite), and FeCO3 (siderite).Calculate the mass percent composition of iron for Fe3O4 (magnetite).

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mass percent=mass elementtotal mass of compound×100


First, we need to get the atomic weights of each element in Fe3O4 using the periodic table and then calculate its molar mass.

molar mass Fe = 55.84 g/mol

molar mass O = 16.00 g/mol


molar mass Fe3O4 = (55.84 g/mol x 3) + (16.00 g/mol x 4)

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Iron is mined from the earth as iron ore. Common ores include Fe2 O3 (hematite), Fe3 O4 (magnetite), and FeCO3 (siderite).

Calculate the mass percent composition of iron for Fe3O4 (magnetite).

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