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Dec5-12, 11:36 AM
P: 956
The tension in a rope is the gross force that one small section of rope exerts on its neighboring section in one direction or the other.

It is not the net force that the neighbors from both directions exert upon that small section.

If you have a tug-of-war, a small section of rope will be under a large tension. But it will be undergoing negligible net force.