Simple machines – Physics

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A corkscrew with a knife and a bottle opener attached

An example of a screw, a wedge, a wheel and axle, and a lever

Machines are ways to make it easier to do work. Many plants and animals have evolved natural machines like arm muscles (a kind of lever) or teeth (a kind of wedge) or a bacteria‘s flagellum (a kind of screw). Many animals also make machines out of dirt, wood, and stone. People make machines too. There are six different kinds of simple machines. Many of the more complicated machines we use are made of combinations of these six simple ideas.

Learn by Doing – a computer game where you build simple machines

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Cite this page: Carr, K.E. Simple machines – Physics. Study Guides, August 17, 2017. Web. December 16, 2018.

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Dr. Karen Carr is Associate Professor Emerita, Department of History, Portland State University. She holds a doctorate in Classical Art and Archaeology from the University of Michigan. Follow her on Instagram, Pinterest, or Facebook, or buy her book, Vandals to Visigoths.

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