7.13  Write main differences between the properties of white phosphorus and red phosphorus.

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White phosphorus

Red phosphorus

It is a translucent white waxy solid

It is crystalline solid.

It is insoluble in water but soluble in carbon disulphide

 It is insoluble in water as well as in carbon disulphide 

poisonous

non-poisonous

It consists of discrete tetrahedral P4 molecule

red phosphorus is polymeric, consisting of chains of P4 tetrahedra linked together

 

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