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# Mechanical Advantage in Simple Machines

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### What is the purpose of a simple machine?

• To make work harder
• To only lift heavy objects
• To only move objects horizontally
• To make work easier (correct)
• ### What is the definition of mechanical advantage?

• The ratio of output to input force (correct)
• The ratio of load to effort applied (correct)
• The ratio of force to distance
• All of the above
• ### Which of the following is an example of an inclined plane?

• A wedge
• A ramp (correct)
• A screw
• A lever
• ### What is the purpose of a wedge?

<p>To push things apart</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is a characteristic of a screw?

<p>It has a thread that appears as an inclined plane</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is an example of a wheel and axle in everyday life?

<p>A motor vehicle</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of using a ramp to lift heavy objects?

<p>To reduce the effort required to lift the load</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What can rotate a wheel?

<p>A rope</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the purpose of a pulley?

<p>To lift heavy weights and pull objects up, down, and across</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the formula for work?

<p>W = F × S</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What is the advantage of using simple machines?

<p>To decrease the effort required to perform a task</p> Signup and view all the answers

<p>The force amplification obtained by the use of simple machines</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What happens when the mechanical advantage is greater than 1?

<p>The output force is more than the input force</p> Signup and view all the answers

### What can a rope and pulley system be used for?

<p>To draw water from a well</p> Signup and view all the answers

## Study Notes

### Simple Machines and Mechanical Advantage

• Simple machines are used in everyday life to make work easier and help lift big loads and carry heavy containers.
• They are used in various applications, including building construction, machinery, toys, and furniture.

• Mechanical advantage is the ratio of output to input force.
• It can also be described as the ratio of load to the effort applied.
• Mechanical advantage is obtained by using simple machines to raise higher loads with less effort.

### Types of Simple Machines

• Inclined plane: a flat surface that helps move objects across distances (e.g., a ramp to load objects onto a truck).
• Wedge: a pointed edge that can help push things apart (e.g., an ax to cut trees).
• Lever: an arm that turns against a pivot (e.g., children playing on a see-saw).
• Wheel and axle: a round object that moves against a cylindrical object (e.g., motor vehicles and bikes).
• Screw: a thread that appears as an inclined plane, wrapped around a cylinder (e.g., a lid on a jar).
• Pulley: a wheel that can be rotated by a rope to lift objects up, down, and across (e.g., drawing water from a well).

### Formula and Calculation

• Work = Force x Distance (W = F x S)
• When the mechanical advantage is >1, the output force is more than the input force.

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## Description

Discover how simple machines work together to make our lives easier by lifting heavy loads and performing difficult tasks. Learn about mechanical advantage and its applications in everyday life.

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