# Question #5e377

Feb 12, 2016

I would go for iron.

#### Explanation:

Iron burns brightly in dry chlorine to give brown iron(III) chloride.

$2 F {e}_{\left(s\right)} + 3 C {l}_{2 \left(g\right)} \rightarrow 2 F e C {l}_{3 \left(s\right)}$

The product is deliquescent which means it will absorb water from the atmosphere to form a saturated solution..

Note that this will always produce iron(III) chloride since chlorine is a powerful oxidising agent and brings out the higher oxidation state in iron.

To make iron(II) chloride you would need to react iron with dilute hydrochloric acid.