# Defining Tension in rope

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• rudransh verma
In summary, Tension is a force that applies back when a rope is under stress, and it is an inward force. The direction of tension at the end points of the rope is inwards, where it is attached to the body and the ceiling. Tension is what we use to pull something, not push. This concept is further explained in the linked video, which shows how force is transmitted through the rope under tension. Tension is not a vector, and it is made up of pairs of opposite forces acting on small rope elements, which cancel each other out. At the ends of the rope, there is only one force acting inwards on each end. A diagram would be helpful for better understanding of this concept.

#### rudransh verma

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I have gathered everything from post “Monkey climbing up the rope” about tension.
Tension is basically a force that the rope applies back when it is under stress. It is an inward force. Tension T's direction at end points of rope where its attached to the body and ceiling is inwards. Tension is what we pull something with not push.

“Post in thread 'Monkey climbing up the rope'

This video explains nicely how force applied is transmitted from one end of rope to other under tension.
Tension is not a vector.
I want to be verified: Someone said in other post I don’t know which one “tension is pair of opposite forces acting on small rope elements all along the rope ,when under tension ,cancelling each other. At the ends there is just one force acting inwards on each end”. Am I right? A diagram would be helpful.

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rudransh verma said:
Am I right?
Yes. But if you quote someone, that 'someone' is right.
Well, you should know enough by now to at least propose a diagram. Post it !

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BvU said:
Yes. But if you quote someone, that 'someone' is right.

Well, you should know enough by now to at least propose a diagram. Post it !

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