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Homework Help: "Simple molecular structure do not conduct electricity" H2O?

  1. Dec 9, 2015 #1
    1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data
    Book says "Substances with a simple molecular structure do not conduct electricity. This is because they do not have any free electrons or an overall electric charge".

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    3. The attempt at a solution

    I think the statement is a generalization because water is a simple molecular structure but people get electrocuted in bath tubs with the hairdryer. Please help me understand. Thank you
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  3. Dec 9, 2015 #2


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    Are these people who unfortunately get electrocuted sitting in chemically pure water?
  4. Dec 9, 2015 #3
    Oh I see. Pure water does not conduct electricity. It is the impuries in the water (chlorine, flourine, shampoo, bath salts etc) that makes water conduct electricity. Thanks
    Last edited: Dec 9, 2015
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