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Integrated Natural Science. Integrated Natural Science for Detroit Public Schools. Levers. Kat Woodring. 4.2.1 Analyze and label the parts of a lever and evaluate how a lever multiplies force. 4.2.2 Provide examples of first, second and third class levers.

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Integrated Natural Science

  • for
  • Detroit Public Schools
  • Levers

Kat Woodring

key questions
4.2.1 Analyze and label the parts of a lever and evaluate how a lever multiplies force.

4.2.2 Provide examples of first, second and third class levers.

4.2.3 Compare parts of the human body to the types of levers.

4.2.4 Calculate and determine the mechanical advantage of a lever.

Key Questions:
district outcomes
District Outcomes
  • Qualitatively and quantitatively explain forces and charges in motion.
  • Observe and explain forces as push and pull, acting on an object and exerted by the object.
  • Analyze the operations of machines in terms of force and motion.
lever assembly
Lever Assembly
  • WATCH for FALLING weights on bare toes or sandals or table tops!
  • DO not place the fulcrum higher than hole 3 of stand!
4 1 forces in machines
4.1 Forces in Machines
  • A simple machine is an unpowered mechanical device, such as a lever.
introducing the lever
Introducing… The Lever
  • A lever includes a stiff structure (the lever) that rotates around a fixed point called the fulcrum.


anatomy of the lever
Anatomy of the lever
  • Fulcrum – point around which the lever rotates
  • Input Force – Force exerted ON the lever
  • Output Force – Force exerted BY the lever
levers and the human body
Levers and the human body
  • Your body contains muscles attached to bones in ways that act as levers.
  • Here the biceps muscle attached in front of the elbow opposes the muscles in the forearm.

Can you think of other muscle levers in your body?

three classes of levers
Three Classes of Levers
  • First Class - fulcrum between Input and output
  • Second Class – output between fulcrum and input
  • Third Class – input between fulcrum and output
cpo lever first class all the way
CPO Lever – First Class All The Way
  • Here we have a first class lever
  • The fulcrum is between the input and output
  • Can you get two weights to balance?
levers in equilibrium
Levers in Equilibrium
  • Hang your weights like shown here
  • Does the lever balance?
  • What variables can be changed to balance a lever?
four variables in a lever
Amount of Input Force

Amount of Output Force

Length of Input Arm

Length of Output Arm

Four Variables in a Lever
lever challenge
Hang weights from the lever and get it to balance.

Use at least 3 strings!

Do 4 trials and record how many weights to hang and where you hang them.

Lever Challenge
lever modification
Hang 1 weight 10 cm from the fulcrum.

Where does the output force need to be to oppose our input force?

Lever Modification



basic lever investigation19
If we move the input force 10 more cm, how much more do we need to add for the same output force?

Add two masses at 20 cm.

HINT: you will need two strings

Basic Lever Investigation


mathematical rule for balancing the lever
What mathematical relationship can you find that will balance the lever every time?

Put your rule in terms of input and output and forces and distances.

What if there is more than one location on either side of the lever?

Mathematical Rule for Balancing the Lever
what is the relationship
Force x Distance = Force x DistanceWhat is the Relationship?

Input Force

x Length of Input Arm

Output Force

x Length of Output Arm


# of Weights x Distance


# of Weights x Distance

mechanical advantage
We use the same kind of relationship for all simple machines to calculate Mechanical Advantage.

Output Force / Input Force

Mechanical Advantage
4 1 mechanical advantage
4.1 Mechanical Advantage

Output force (N)

MA = Fo




Input force (N)

michigan content expectations
Michigan Content Expectations
  • P4.1c Explain why work has a more precise scientific meaning than the meaning of work in everyday language.
  • P4.1d Calculate the amount of work done on an object that is moved from one position to another.
  • P4.1e Using the formula of work, derive a formula for change in potential energy of an object lifted in a distance h.