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Information on the Element, Iron.

Fe Iron 26 55.845

Key Information:

Atomic Number: 26
Atomic Mass: 55.845
Atomic Symbol: Fe
Element Type: transition-metal
Element Group: 8
Element Period: 4
Element Block: d
Melting Point: 1538°C, 2800°F, 1811 K
Boiling Point: 2861°C, 5182°F, 3134 K

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Properties of Iron (Fe)

What is the chemical symbol for Iron?

The chemical symbol for Iron is Fe

What is the atomic number of Iron?

The atomic number for Iron is 26 in the periodic table.

What is the atomic mass of Iron?

The atomic mass of Iron is 55.845u

What elemental group is Iron in?

Iron belongs to the elemental group 8 of chemical elements in the periodic table.

What is the natural state of Iron?

The natural state of Iron is solid but it is classified as a "Transitional Metal"

What is the density of Iron?

The density of Iron is 7.874 g/cm³

What is the Melting point of Iron?

The melting point of Iron is 1,538°C

What is the boiling point of Iron?

The boiling point of Iron is 2,862 °C

What are the Characteristics of Iron?

What is Iron?

Iron is a chemical element. It is a metal that belongs to the first transition series and group 8 of the periodic table.

What is Iron made of?

Iron, as a chemical element is made solely out of Iron.

What colour is Iron?

The most commonly recognised colour of iron is a black to silvery gray colour. Iron, however, has a variety of different colours depending upon the state of the Iron. Iron can however be a lustrous gold colour.

What is Iron used for?

The most common purpose of iron is its use in manufactured steel, often to be used in civil engineering and manufacturing.

Is Iron Ferrous?

Iron is ferrous. Interestingly the word ferrous means "containing Iron". The word ferrous is derived from the Latin word ferrum.

Is Iron magnetic?

Iron is magnetic. As is any other metal that is made from Iron.

Why is Iron magnetic?

Iron is magnetic due to the magnetic fields effects upon the Iron atoms which align to their electrons.

Does Iron rust?

Iron does rust

Why does Iron rust?

Iron rusts as the surface of the Iron will corrode through oxidation, typically through exposure to oxygen and water.

How do you get Iron?

The metal Iron is a natural chemical element. Iron makes up 5% of the Earth's crust. It can be found within the minerals hematite (Fe2O3) and magnetite (Fe3O4) it can however, also be found in meteorites.

Can Iron be recycled?

Iron and all metals that comprise of Iron can be recycled.

History of Iron (Fe)

Who discovered Iron?

It is unknown who discovered Iron as there is evidence of the chemicals usage dating back to 5000 BC in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

What year was Iron discovered?

It is unknown what year Iron was discovered though there is evidence to its usage dating back to 5000 BC in Mesopotamia (Iraq).

Where do you find Iron?

As Iron is the fourth most common element on Earth it's commonly found in the Earths crust or in mineral veins.

Origin of Name for Iron

The origin of the name Iron steams from the Anglo-Saxon work "iron" or "iren". The chemical symbols, (Fe), origin stems from the Latin word "ferrum" meaning "iron". It is also believed that Iron is possibly derived from earlier words meaning "holy metal" due to its usage of weaponry during the Crusades.

Interesting Facts about Iron

Interesting Fact about Iron 1.

Both animals and humans require Iron. Plants utilise Iron in chlorophyll, the pigment used in photosynthesis. Where as humans use Iron in hemoglobin molecules in their blood stream allowing the transition and transportation of oxygen throughout the body.

Interesting Fact about Iron 2.

There is a mountain in Russia, called Magnitogorsk that is made almost entirely of iron with an estimated 7-10 Billion pounds of Iron Ore.

Interesting Fact about Iron 3.

Iron is the primary ingredient, along with concrete, of nearly every man-made structure on Earth.

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