# Homework Help: Simple tension

1. Oct 18, 2006

### asdf1

What's the definition of simple tension?

2. Oct 18, 2006

### Staff: Mentor

In what context? Do you mean like tension in a rope? That's just the force being applied to one end of the rope, which shows up as tension all along the length of the rope to some anchor point. Maybe there's a more technical definition, given some context?

3. Oct 18, 2006

### adidavinci

imagine a horizontal shaft for example.....now take any section in it.....now when the forces r such that they act away from each other in that particular section then the shaft is said to be in tension and the forces r called tensile or simply tension forces...
and compression forces r vice versa....get the picture????

So the definition of simple tension is that the forces are acting away from each other in a member

Last edited: Oct 18, 2006
4. Oct 19, 2006

### asdf1

so it means that simple tension has no compression?

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