Museum of Science and Industry


Build a Lever

Step 6 of 7: Move the fulcrum

Repeat Steps 5 through 7 with the pencil placed at 15 cm and 25 cm.

  • How did the position of the fulcrum affect the number of pennies needed to lift the load?
  • How could you modify the lever to make it even easier to lift the load?
  • What are some similarities between a lever and an inclined plane? Differences?
  • What real-life situations would be ideal for using a lever?

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Museum of Science+Industry
5700 S. Lake Shore Drive
Chicago, IL 60637
1 (773) 684-1414
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