Museum of Science and Industry


Build a Lever

Step 1 of 7: Background

Key Terms Defined


Effort
the force you use to push down on the lever
Fulcrum
The point where the lever pivots
Load
The object you are trying to lift

The load is the object you are trying to lift. It sits on the resistance arm of the lever. The effort is the force you use to push down on the lever to lift the load. It’s applied to the effort arm of the lever. The resistance arm and the effort arm are separated by the fulcrum, the point where the lever pivots.


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  • through November 30:
    Monday - Wednesday: 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
    Friday - Sunday: 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
    Open daily except Thanksgiving and Christmas
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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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