Elements and Compounds

How many electrons are in a phosphorus atom?

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12/15/2010

Phosphorous has 15 electrons

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09/26/2015

There are 15 electrons in a phosphorus atom, but only if it is neutral. The element phosphorus, a nonmetal, is not found free in nature because it is reactive and has loaned out two or more electrons. It has a number of oxidation states ranging through 2, 3, 4 and 5 (and also a -3). The number electrons in a given phosphorus atom will vary depending on its chemical circumstances.