Why are electrons negative?

  1. Are electrons negative to anything? Did we notice two different charges and decide to label them like we did with left and right?

    I'm very curious to know why we brand electrons as negatively charged.
  2. jcsd
  3. Strictly convention.

    For example, the convention in electrical circuits is to assume the electrons move from +ve to -ve terminals. This would only happen if the electrons were positively charged.
  4. jtbell

    Staff: Mentor

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