Question: Red and white phosphorus.?
I already know that red phosphorus is less reactive than white phosphorus but does red phosphorus has same chemical properties as white phosphorus? I mean does red phosphorus perform same chemical reactions as white phosphorus? Edit
Answer: phosphorus exists in two major forms—white phosphorus and red phosphorus. Both red and white phosphorus have same symbol P because both are allotropes of phosphorus which means they have same atomic number,mass , chemical properties etc, but they differ in physical properties such as boiling temperature, melting temperature, solubility etc.
There are structural differences between them. White Phosphorous is made up of tetrahedral groups of phosphorous (P4). Red Phosphorous looks similar to White Phosphorous, except it is made up of two tetrahedral groups of phosphorous, attached by one side
But yes, red phosphorus is less reactive than white phosphorus and does not responds to few reactions like, White P is soluble in carbon di sulfide and small amount in water, but red P is not soluble in both water and carbon disulfide. Edit
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