jgalt42

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Hey guys,

I seem to be having trouble understanding the direction of tension. When you have a string dangling a mass, I know that tension goes up. But if there is a tank of water with an object submerged in it that can float but is attached to a string to the bottom, why is tension going up? Is there an universal way to figure out where tension is pointing in all scenarios?
 
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jgalt42

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I always thought tension was the direction opposite of where the gravitational force is pointing.
 

G1SG2

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I always thought tension was the direction opposite of where the gravitational force is pointing.
Tension always points away from the object.