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White Phosphorus in Pure Oxygen

White Phosphorus - part of our "Berzelius Day" uploading 24 videos in 24 hours.Full video containing this reaction at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U6_-EUcswScNOTE FROM THE PROFESSOR: 9. White phosphorus is made up of tetrahedral shaped P4 molecules with very strained (and weak) bonds. P4 reacts with oxygen to make a white solid containing P4O10 molecules, which confusingly is called "phosphorus pentoxide" (it's confusing because "pent" is derived from the word "five" in Greek).See our 24 reactions playlist as it unfolds at: http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6E4F35510525FFF7Berzelius Day explained: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDXUDq2KLM4More chemistry at http://www.periodicvideos.com/Follow us on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/periodicvideosAnd on Twitter at http://twitter.com/periodicvideosFrom the School of Chemistry at The University of Nottingham: http://www.nottingham.ac.uk/chemistry/index.aspxPeriodic Videos films are by video journalist Brady Haranhttp://www.bradyharan.com/
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