What is a Compound Machine? - Definition & Examples


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Which of the following is a simple machine?

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1. Scissors are a compound machine made up of levers and _____.

2. A wheelbarrow is a compound machine. You apply the effort force at the handles. The handles where you pick up the wheelbarrow are _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Use these resources to assess your understanding of compound machines. You'll answer quiz questions on things like identifying simple machines and the components of a pair of scissors.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz and worksheet will aide your knowledge of how to:

  • Name the handles of where you pick up a wheelbarrow
  • Analyze an ax and what its blade is made of
  • Calculate mechanical advantage

Skills Practiced

This worksheet and quiz will allow you to practice the following study skills:

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on compound machines
  • Critical thinking - apply relevant concepts to examine information about mechanical advantage in a different light
  • Interpreting information - verify that you can read information regarding the handles where you pick up a wheelbarrow and interpret it correctly
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding simple machines

Additional Learning

To explore the topic of compound machines, you can make use of this lesson entitled What is a Compound Machine? - Definition & Examples. The lesson will adhere to the following study points:

  • Define work
  • Understand force
  • Recognize direction of the force
  • Explain an inclined plane
  • Identify load
  • Compare and contrast resistance force and effort force