# Iron is extracted from iron ore. Part of the process involves reduction of the ore with carbon monoxide. Iron ore contains iron oxide (Fe_2O_3). How would you write a balanced equation for the reaction of iron oxide with carbon monoxide?

Nov 21, 2017

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

#### Explanation:

And this is the effectual chemical reaction of our civilization. If you ever have a chance to tour a blast furnace (and most are in China and India now) do it.....you will feel very small.