# Regarding electric potential with respect to a negative charge

1. Aug 10, 2014

### needingtoknow

1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data

If I have a electric source charge, does that mean that electric potential increases as r increases (because it gets increasingly less negative as you go farther from the source charge) as opposed to a positive charge in which potential energy would increase as r decreases?

The reason I am asking this question is because I am confused as to why electrons would accelerate as they reach a point of higher potential. For instance, if an electron moves away from a negative source charge that would mean that the change in electric potential is positive. However it's charge is negative so that means the change in PE is -ve, which means that it has lost potential energy as it moves away from the source charge. Is this explanation correct?

2. Aug 10, 2014

### haruspex

I think you meant to specify a negative electric source charge
Yes.

3. Aug 10, 2014

### needingtoknow

Well great, simple and to the point answer. I love it! Haha thank you haruspex!