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Over the years, the thermite reaction has been used for welding railroad rails, incendiary bombs, and to ignite solid-fuel rocket motors. The reaction is:
Fe2O3 + 2Al --> 2Fe + Al2O3
What are the minimum masses of iron(III) oxide and aluminum must be used to produce 25.0 g iron? What is the maximum mass of aluminum oxide that could be produced? How much aluminum oxide would be produced if the yield is 87.0%?

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