Phosphorus

The colourless and transparent solid

History

Phosphorus was discovered in 1669 by Hennig Brand, who prepared it from urine. Not less than 50-60 buckets per experiment in fact, each of which required more than a fortnight to complete. Phosphorus was founded in Germany.

Uses

Phosphorus is used in bone-ash, calcium phosphate, to produce fine chinaware and to produce monocalcium phosphate used in baking powder. Also used in the manufacture of safety matches, pyrotechnics, incendiary shells, smoke bombs, tracer bullets.

Description

Key component in biological use in DNA and RNA, component of bones, teeth and many other components for life. Also large pieces are found in Russia.

Interesting facts

Density of a solid-1823 kg

Molar volume-17.02

Bulk modulus-11 GPa

Group and period-15,3

Atomic number-15

Atomic symbol-P

Atomic Wieght-31

Biology and Geology

Biology- Phosphorus is a key component in biological use in DNA and RNA, component of bones, teeth and many other components for life.

Geology- Large pieces of Phosphorus are found in Russia

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