A man sits in a seat that is suspended from a rope. The rope passes over a pulley suspended from the ceiling, and the man holds the other end of the rope in his hands. What is the tension in the rope and what force does the seat exert on the man? Draw a free body for the man. The tension in the rope must be equal to the normal force of the seat on the man I think. For the free body I am confused. We have downward force of his weight, or gravity, and the normal force of the seat on him. But then the rope is also acting on his hand even though it is connected to the seat. Very confused.