What mass of carbon dioxide is produced by the reduction of #Fe_2O_3# by carbon monoxide?

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Feb 6, 2016

Answer:

We suppose that there is a #100# #g# mass of ferric oxide.

Explanation:

#Fe_2O_3(s) + 3CO(g) + Delta rarr 2Fe(l) + 3CO_2(g)uarr#

For each mole of ferric oxide, 3 moles of carbon dioxide are produced.

So #"Moles of ferric oxide" = (100*g)/(159.69*g*mol^-1)# #=# #0.626# #mol#.

And thus #1.88# #mol# of carbon dioxide gas are evolved, with a mass of #1.88# #mol# #xx# #44.01# #g*mol^-1# #=# #??# #g#.

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