# Does a more negatively charged object attract a less negatively charged object?

Consider a point negatively charged metal ball $$A$$ having charge $$-q$$ and another identical metal ball $$B$$ having charge $$-2q$$. Now if both these balls are placed in a dielectric medium and separated by some distance, then will both the balls attract each other (because of the positive potential at $$A$$ relative to $$B$$) or will the balls repel (because both of them are negatively charged)?

• You do not even need the dielectric; there are distances such that if you are close enough, they will attract in a vacuum. Oct 2, 2023 at 11:49
• @naturallyInconsistent So basically they'll attract, despite both being negatively charged. Right? Oct 2, 2023 at 12:06
• No, they repel each other. Rule of signs Oct 2, 2023 at 13:50
• This question presents an interesting point of view. Oct 2, 2023 at 14:08
• It is possible for them to attract, but your question is not specified clearly enough for us to know what it is going to do. Oct 2, 2023 at 14:40