Twenty dietary iron tablets with a total mass of 21.232 g were ground and mixed thoroughly. Then...


Twenty dietary iron tablets with a total mass of {eq}\rm 21.232\ g {/eq} were ground and mixed thoroughly. Then {eq}\rm 2.898\ g {/eq} of the powder were dissolved in {eq}\rm HNO_3 {/eq} and heated to convert all iron into {eq}\rm Fe^{3+} {/eq}. Additional of {eq}\rm NH_3 {/eq} precipitated {eq}\rm Fe_2O_3\cdot xH_2O {/eq} which was ignited to give {eq}\rm 0.256\ g {/eq} of {eq}\rm Fe_2O_3 {/eq} (molecular weight {eq}\rm 159.69\ g/mol {/eq}). What is the average mass of {eq}\rm FeSO_4 \cdot 7H_2O {/eq} (molecular weight {eq}\rm 278.01\ g/mol {/eq}) in each tablet?

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Dimensional analysis is a convenient technique when performing calculations. In this method, a given number is multiplied by a fractional conversion factor. This fraction contains a numerator and denominator wherein the units are placed in a way that the desired unit is obtained by eliminating the unit of the given. The conversion factor can have values established in the problem or based on known facts.

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We first convert the mass of {eq}\rm Fe_2O_3 {/eq}, 0.256 g, to moles using its molar mass, 159.69 g/mol:

{eq}\rm 0.256~g~Fe_2O_3 \times...

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