1. The problem statement, all variables and given/known data Why do negative charges spontaneously accelerate? The book I am studying from asked me to verify this statement: Negative charges spontaneously accelerate and increase in kinetic energy when they move toward a point of higher potential. I don't understand why this is the case from a theoretical point of view. I understand why it works according to the formula, but practically if an electron moves to a point of higher potential that means that some of the kinetic energy has been converted to potential energy which means it should slow down right?