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Beatty, Richard.
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Publication Information:
New York : Benchmark Books, [2001]

Physical Description:
32 pages : illustrations color ; 26 cm.
Explores the history of the nonmetallic element phosphorus and explains its chemistry, its reactions with other substances, its uses, and its importance in our lives.
General Note:
Includes index.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR MG 8.8 1.0 49434.
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QD181.P1 .B43 2001 Adult Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks

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Every single thing and person consists of elements, and this informative series will help young readers understand just how important the elements are and what role they play in the science of chemistry. Enhanced by easy-to-follow diagrams and full color illustrations, the text explains how the elements behave, their individual characteristics, and their importance in everyday life.

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School Library Journal Review

Gr 4-8-These introductions offer clear, basic information, without oversimplification, in an appealing format. The books cover each element's history, where it is found, how it is extracted and purified, how it is used, and its chemical reactions. Phosphorous also includes fertilizers and environmental issues. Sulfur has sections on its role in fossil fuels and rubber tires, warfare explosives, and medicine. Numerous full-color photographs, drawings, and diagrams, as well as boxed sections with additional information, supplement the texts. The explanations and accompanying visuals that describe specific chemical reactions are especially helpful. In addition, each book has a double-page spread devoted to the periodic table. Useful additions.-Maren Ostergard, Bellevue Regional Library, WA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

What is phosphorus?p. 4
The history of phosphorusp. 7
Where phosphorus is foundp. 9
Extraction and purificationp. 11
Chemistry and compoundsp. 13
Phosphorus acids and saltsp. 16
Fertilizersp. 20
Environmental issuesp. 23
Phosphorus in biologyp. 25
Periodic tablep. 28
Chemical reactionsp. 30
Glossaryp. 31
Indexp. 32