Iron - Blake Cordell Extra Credit paper 05/18/08 Iron Iron...

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Blake Cordell Extra Credit paper 05/18/08 Iron Iron was one of the earliest elements ever to be found. The ancient people discovered this metal and would use it to make weapons out of but now people use the element for many things such as for steel and hemoglobin, which carries oxygen in blood. Iron is obtained from mining in iron ores and comes from the Latin word ferrum. Iron is the 26 element on the periodic table and has an atomic mass of 55.845. The element has 26 protons, 30 neutrons, and 26 electrons. The melting point of Iron is 1535.0 degrees C and has a boiling point of 2750.0 degrees C. Iron is in group 8 and period 4 which makes the element a transition metal. Iron is thought to be the sixth most abundant element in the universe and is the most abundant element on earth. The crystal structure of iron is cubic and the density of iron at 293 K is 7.86g/cm 3 . It oxidizes readily in air and water to form Fe 2 O 3, and iron is a silvery color. Iron represents perhaps the best-known
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