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Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cell, has 4 iron atoms per molecule and contain

Hemoglobin, the oxygen-carrying protein in red blood cell, has 4 iron atoms per molecule and contains 0.40 % iron by mass. Calculate the molar mass of hemoglobin.


Solution: The mass of Fe on the Periodic Table is 55.845 g/mol

Let's calculate the mass of of 4 atoms of Fe.

55.845 g/mol * (1mol) * ( 4 atoms) = 3.7 *10^-22 grams

6.02*10^23 atoms


3.7 *10^-22 grams = 0.40 % iron by mass. Let's calculate the mass of one molecule.


3.7 *10^-22 grams = 9.277 g in 1 molecule of hemoglobin

0.0040


Now we need to convert, g/molecule to g/mol using Avogadro's number


9.277 g * 6.02*10^23 molecules = 55845 g/mol = 5.6*10^4g/mol

1molecule 1mol

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