Mechanical Advantage: Definition, Calculations & Equations

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Which of the following best describes mechanical advantage?

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1. This is a simple machine that involves a rigid bar positioned on a fulcrum.

2. Which of the following would be used to calculate the mechanical advantage of a lever?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

These assessments are useful tools for reviewing mechanical advantage, a factor important for effectively using simple machines. Quiz questions ask about what mechanical advantage is, various simple machines and how to calculate mechanical advantage.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These study tools cover the following objectives:

  • Describe mechanical advantage
  • Identify a simple machine that uses a fulcrum
  • Know how to calculate the mechanical advantage of a lever
  • Recognize a simple machine that uses grooved wheels with a rope
  • Understand what mechanical advantage is determined by for specific simple machines

Skills Practiced

These assessments allow you to practice following comprehension skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related physical science lesson
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding calculating mechanical advantages and simple machines
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the mechanical advantage of simple machines

Additional Learning

Learn more about calculating mechanical advantages in the related lesson, Mechanical Advantage: Definition, Calculations & Equations. This lesson has the following goals:

  • Recall what mechanical advantage is
  • Examine types of simple machines
  • View real-life examples of simple machines
  • Explore calculating mechanical advantage
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