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Phosphorus On The Periodic Table

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The way phosphorus was discovered I find to be interesting. Henning Brand a German in 1669 was conducting an experiment using urine to turn into philosopher's stone that can turn certain metal into gold ("The Element Phosphorus." It's Elemental -. Web. 23 Dec. 2015. ) He then isolated a white material that glowed and little did he know that it was white phosphorus. Phosphorus is represented by the letter P on the periodic table of elements. It in group 3 and its atomic mass is 15. It is part of the pnictogen family. It general classification is non-metal. Phosphorus is a solid. There are two types of Phosphorus red and white. White has a garlic like odor it’s a soft waxy solid and can easily cut with a knife.Can spontaneously ignite with…show more content…
Web. 23 Dec. 2015)The boiling point for Phosphorus is 280.50 degrees Celsius. While the melting period is 44.20 degrees Celsius. Phosphorus has both electrical and thermal conductivity that goes for both red and white. Phosphorus has a density of 1.82 grams per cubic centimeters and a low hardness.The abundance of phosphorus in the Earth's crust is estimated to be 0.12 percent, making it the 11th most common element. Important man-made source from Phosphorus is fertilizer used for farming or in your garden/flowerbeds ("The Nature of Phosphorus in Soils." : Nitrogen : University of Minnesota Extension. Web. 23 Dec. 2015. )This is important to the agriculture industry even though a lot of the use cow manure it still deals with Phosphorus. When dealing with chemical properties white Phosphorus has more to do with the reaction due to the fact it can spontaneously ignite. It is…show more content…
It's not found in its pure form because white Phosphorus could spontaneously ignite with the air. It is an essential element for the life of organisms. If you have rich soil it is more likely to have more Phosphorus than regular soil but all soil has Phosphorus. It exist in nature in several allotropic forms.Some example of the different form of allotropic are: Red, White, VIolet,and Black. The only important commercial source of Phosphorus is phosphate rock. United States of America is one of the largest producer of phosphate rock. It has to go through the Phosphorus cycle. The Phosphorus cycle is similar to several other mineral nutrient cycles in that P exists in soils and minerals, living organisms, and water ("Phosphorus." University of Maryland Medical Center. Web. 23 Dec. 2015.)The is a good supply of Phosphorus on earth so we don't have to worry about running out ( State of the Planet Phosphorus Essential to Life Are We Running Out Comments. Web. 23 Dec. 2015.) It cost about 25 cents per gram of Phosphorus and it is a open market. I think it is a benefit to society because it is essential for the creation of DNA, cell membranes, and for bone and teeth formation in human. (State of the Planet Phosphorus Essential to Life Are We Running Out Comments. Web. 23 Dec. 2015.) In the long run even though white Phosphorus can ignite spontaneously it is going to have to be a
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