2 Basic information. Electronic configuration: 2, 8, 5 Atomic number:15 Number of protons:15Number of neutrons:16Number of electrons15Number of shells:3Symbol: PGroup: 15Family: It is in the non-metals group or the nitrogen group.
3 More info. Density with units:1.82g/cm Melting point with units: 44.1 degrees CelsiusState of matter at room temperature:SolidMetal, non-metal, metalloid: non-metalHardness: 5-medium hardBoiling point: 280 degrees CelsiusAny other physical properties?White phosphorus gives off a faint glow when exposed too oxygen.Different colors such as, white, violet, black and red.
4 What it looks like? Other Facts? White phosphorus is usually a yellow-white waxy solid, which glows in the dark when exposed oxygen, and will burn at low temperatures. It is quite reactive.If you heat it with no O2 you will get a red phosphorus, which doesn't glow or burn as easily. If you put more intense heat on it with it sealed in a tube it will sublime and recondense as crystals of violet phosphorus, shiny and metallic looking. If you heat it with a really intense heat the phosphorus will turn into black phosphorus which looks a bit like flakes of graphite.Other Facts?Discovered by a German, Henning brand in 1669 when attempting to create the philosophers stone from urine and in the process produced a white material that glowed in the dark, which we now know is called phosphorous.Obtained from phosphate rock.Widely used in explosives, friction matches, fireworks, pesticides, toothpaste and detergents.