Chapter 2: Acids, Bases and Salts

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Acids,Bases, and Salts


Why does distilled water not conduct electricity, whereas rain water does?


The distilled water is the pure water that does not contain any ions while rainwater contains dissolved gases like sulphur dioxide and carbon dioxide. These gases dissolved in water to form acids like carbonic acid. The carbonic acid dissociates to form hydrogen ions and carbonate ions. These ions are responsible for the conduction of electricity. Hence, distilled water does not conduct electricity while rainwater conducts electricity.

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