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Simple Machines

Activity Summary
Students are introduced to the different types of simple machines and their functions. Students will be challenged to identify simple machines they come in contact with every day. Students will also discern a means of accomplishing a task using the least amount of force and calculate the mechanical advantage received from using an inclined plane.

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Learning Objectives
1. Identify the different simple machines
2. Calculate mechanical advantage
3. Explain how to reduce the work needed to accomplish a task using simple machines

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Lesson Plans

simple machines, lever, pulley, inclined plane

Last updated: 3/6/2015