I was going through the Hooke's law and studying about Springs in general. One question which is bugging me is whether "Force by a spring" essentially yet another force of tension (just like in a rope).
I read the following, on the following link, https://www.khanacademy.org/science/physics/work-and-energy/hookes-law/a/what-is-hookes-law
So a bunch questions on which I am seeking clarity,
The coil shape has nothing to do with the "spring" or "spring force"?
Is spring as good as a rope when considering how it acts when subjected to force? Or is "Elastic force" different than "force of tension".
Also, am I thinking correctly here? The difference is, ropes can only be pulled and NOT pushed (upon push rope will slack), but springs can be pulled and pushed upon. But fundamentally the force at microscopic level is same in either rope / spring.