By: Ameh O., Kristie L., Christian S.

32 (mass number)

P (atomic symbol)

15 (atomic number)

Protons: 15

Electrons: 15

Neutrons: 17

Mass number: 32

Atomic number: 15


  • Can be in white, red, or black
  • Colorless in solid form


  • Red phosphorus is used to make matches
  • Trisodium phosphate is used as water softener

Interesting facts

  • Discovered in Germany in 1669
  • Phosphorus is the sixth most common element in the human body


  • Can be harmful if inhaled, ingested, or in contact with skin or eyes
  • Where protective clothing and safety goggles

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