Hematite (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4) are two ores used as sources of iron. Which ore provides the greater percent of iron per kilogram?

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The two ores of iron are hematite and magnetite with the chemical formula Fe2O3 and Fe3O4 respectively. To determine which of the compounds has a higher percentage of iron per kilogram first the molar mass of the two compounds has to be determined.

Iron has a molar mass of 55.845 g/mole and oxygen has a molar mass of 16 g/mole. The molar mass of Fe2O3 is 159.69 and that of Fe3O4 is 231.535. In hematite the percentage of iron by mass is `111.69/159.69 ~~ 69.9%` , similarly in magnetite the percentage of iron by mass is approximately 72.3%

Magnetite has a higher percentage of iron per kilogram as compared to hematite.

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