# Can one proton attract two electrons?

Suppose that in an empty space there is only one proton. This proton would have created a field of positive charge which should attract possible negative electrons, so now we add two electrons on opposite sides of the proton in a similar distance. What happens then?

Are both electrons attracted to proton with full/half the force before the one that was a little bit closer reaches the proton first and forms a bond and the other one now glides past neutral hydrogen atom?

• Um...the proton will attract each electron equally strongly, and it will attract one of two as strongly as one of hundred. What changes when you add electrons is that they also repel each other. – ACuriousMind Feb 1 '15 at 16:26
• You might ask the chemists about the stability of the ion $\mathrm{H}^-$ ... – dmckee --- ex-moderator kitten Feb 1 '15 at 16:31