What is the difference between white phosphorus and red phosphorus?

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S Sumit

White phosphorus

  1. It is a soft and waxy solid. It possesses a garlic smell.
  2. It is insoluble in water but soluble in carbon disulphide.
  3. It undergoes spontaneous combustion in air.

Red Phosphorus

  1. It is a hard and crystalline solid, without any smell.
  2. It is insoluble in both water and carbon disulphide.
  3. It is relatively less reactive.

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