Hello again PF, I have some questions I have been wondering about.

First of all, if you have a situation like this where a weight is hanging from a taut rope, which direction would the force of tension be in?

http://img217.imageshack.us/img217/4074/tensionforce.jpg [Broken]

The way I understand it, the tensile force only acts in the opposite direction of another force. The only forces I see here are that of the weight of the mass, and the tensile force of the rope which is directly suspending the block. What about the tensile force of the brown rope? It doesn't seem to make sense to have a tensile force in the up or down direction since it is going from side to side. But on the other hand, it seems there are no forces acting in the left/right direction to create a tensile force in those directions.

And what about when the mass is heavier and causes the rope to bend slightly like in this picture?

http://img528.imageshack.us/img528/931/tensionforce2.jpg [Broken]

In what direction would the tensile force of the brown rope be and why?

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