What is Phosphorus? - Element Uses, Facts & Properties


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Phosphates are harmful to aquatic life because _____.

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1. _____ phosphorus is not toxic and is used as to ignite matches.

2. One of the properties of black phosphorus is that it is _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use this quiz and its attached worksheet to see what you know about phosphorus. You will be quizzed about the properties and uses of this element, as well as potential dangers.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

In this set of questions, you'll find out if you understand:

  • The type of phosphorus used in matches
  • Why phosphates are dangerous for marine animals
  • The properties of black phosphorus

Skills Practiced

  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about the effect of phosphates on sea life in a different light
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the number of protons phosphorus has
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about different varieties of phosphorus and how they are used

Additional Learning

Review the lesson titled What is Phosphorus? - Element Uses, Facts & Properties to get a better understanding of this element. You will be exposed to ideas like:

  • The elemental period and group of phosphorus
  • Allotropes
  • The relative amount of phosphorus in the human body