Rain water is not pure water. Rain water contains small amounts of ions as minerals and salt as well as pollutants. This means that it is a solution of ions, making it an electrolyte (conducts electricity).
Asked in Physics
Why does distilled water not conduct electricity whereas rainwater does?
For a material to conduct electricity it needs to have free charge carriers. I.e. particles with charge that can move around the material. Distilled water, or pure water only contains H2O molecules, which are neutral. Rainwater on the other hand also contains other materials such as salt, which in water falls apart into positive and negative ions. These are serviceable charge carriers, and therefore rainwater can conduct electricity. ...
Asked in Biochemistry, Elements and Compounds
What happens to metals as they conduct electricity?
they conduct electricity and get charged