Museum of Science and Industry


Build a Lever

Step 7 of 7: What's happening?

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Levers help us do work by multiplying the effort you use to move something. The closer the fulcrum is to the resistance force, the easier it is to lift the object. At the same time, the distance over which you must apply the effort increases. Levers do not increase the amount of work done; instead, they make work easier by distributing the effort over a longer distance.


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