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Heat turn iron to gold if heated?

  1. Aug 9, 2007 #1
    heat turn iron to gold if heated??

    Can Iron(Fe) be changed to gold(Au) if heated to a high enough temperature?

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    No, iron cannot be changed to gold by heating it to a high enough the temperature. Increasing the metal's temperature has no effect on the state.
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  3. Aug 9, 2007 #2


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    There are two ways of turning iron into gold.
    1, Bombard with sufficent high energy particles until you end up with gold as a decay product = CERN approach.
    2, Add the same amount of gold as you have iron, mix together, say magic word, carefully filter out the iron and you are left with gold = Alchemist approach.
  4. Aug 9, 2007 #3


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    At first blush, this seems to be a silly question. But if the question really is saying you have as much energy as you want, then it would seem that the answer would be yes. But we're talking inside-the-sun type temperatures and pressures. After all, where do Fe and Au come from in the first place?
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