Help to understand Newtons Law

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In summary, the diagram shows a gymnast hanging from a bar with a weight of 50kg. The bar has an upward arrow indicating a force of 550N, while the gymnast's weight is shown as 500N. This could mean that the bar is exerting 550N of upward force against the gymnast, or that the bar weighs 50N and the gymnast is bouncing upwards. The net force on the gymnast is either 50N or 0N, depending on the interpretation.
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Homework Statement

I am trying to understand a diagram I have of a gymnast hanging from a bar. She weighs 50kg and is not swinging, just hanging. In the diagram it has her weight as 500N (using 10/m/s/s for gravity * 50kg) but the bar she is hanging from has an upward arrow with 550 N next to it. I interpret this to mean that the bar is exerting 550N of upward force against the gymnast. However I thought for every action there is an opposite reaction. Wouldn't this mean the bar is only exerting 500N up from the gymnast given here downward force is 500N ?

The object of the diagram is for people to interpret the net force on the gymnast.

Homework Equations

550N - 500N = 50N

or 500N - 500N = 0N

The Attempt at a Solution

Two possibilities:

The arrow is indicating an upward force on the bar from its supports. That would imply the bar itself weighs 50N.

The gymnast, though not swinging, is bouncing vertically. At the instant shown, the bar is deflected downwards and the gymnast is accelerating upwards.

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