Let's say I go to the store and purchase a rope. On the package of string, it says that the string can only withstand 100 Newtons before the rope snaps. I go home and test the tension in the rope. I tell a friend to pull on the rope at 99 Newtons while I pull on the rope with 99 Newtons. Did I exceed the recommended tension? If the labeling on the package is correct, will the rope snap because there is some force within the string that causing the rope to experience more than 99 Newtons in the horizontal directions (excluding gravity)? Not sure what stress and strain are yet, but could I be confusing tension with some other concept that I have yet to learn about. I feel that tension in the string should somehow be as strong as the sum of the forces acting on it.