Urine luck because it's phosphorus By jackson feigin

Background information on phosphorus

Phosphorus was discovered in 1669 by a German Alchemist named Hennig Brand. Brand was able to discovered phosphorus by evaporating over 60 buckets of urine and leaving the buckets in place for months. Like most alchemists Brand kept most of his methods to himself and didn't tell anyone until 1737. The reason phosphorus has its name is because it has similar quantities to phosphate

This is a photo of Brand discovering phosphorus. Phosphorus gives off an illuminating glow but not one as intense as this one

Structure of a phosphorus atom

Phosphorus has 15 protons, often has 15 electrons, and 16 neutrons. Phosphorus' atomic number is 15 and has an atomic weight of 30.974. Phosphorus has 23 isotopes but only one is stable.

This is what phosphorus looks like on the periodic table

Phosphorus can not be found in its pure form on earth. It can be found in something called phosphate rock. It is also in every single person on earth and is essential for living

This is a photo of phosphate rock

Major uses

Not only can you find phosphorus in DNA, RNA, and ATP but you can also find phosphorus in Baking soda, Fireworks, and fertilizer

Facts about phosphorus

Phosphorus was the first element discovered that had not already been in use by civilizations for hundreds of years. Phosphorus is a part of DNA, RNA, ATP, and cell membranes.


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