The discovery of lever

The discovery of lever
Give me a place to stand on, and I will move the Earth
How did the ancestors lift weight?
An advanced example: Stonehenge
Physicists and archeologists have given evidence to show that
Stonehenge may be established by using ball – bearing system,
which consists of long boards with a groove and balls.
On such balls, the heavy can be moved to 10 kilometers far away
per day.
If the systems were built on a slope, huge objects can be
transported to a high place.
Using such sophisticated engineering, large labors
and capitals must be involved into the construction of
the tools.
What about using a simple machine to uplift
something directly?
Lever and Achimedes
Achimedes, a universal genius, specializing
in physics and mathematics, who
discovered Archimedes' Principle, which
states that a body immersed in a fluid
experiences a buoyant force equal to the
weight of the fluid it displaces; who found
that a sphere has 2/3 the volume and
surface area of its circumscribing cylinder.
To us physics beginners, the
most famous remark from
Archimedes might probably be:
Give me a place to stand on, and I will move
the Earth.
Lever and Achimedes
Lever is not his innovation, while he discovered the
laws of lever.
“Three elements in the lever, the fulcrum, that is the
cord or centre, and the two weights, the one which
causes the movement, and the one that is moved: the
ratio of the weight moved to the weight moving it is
the inverse ratio of the distances from the centre.
Now the greater the distance from the fulcrum, the
more easily it will move.”
The above passage is from the Mechanica, written by
We hold that, Archimedes prompted the law with
Principles of Moments:
The sum of torques due to several forces applied to
a single point is equal to the torque due to the sum
(resultant) of the forces. Mathematically, this
follows from:
The principle of lever
Class 1: The fulcrum is located between the applied
force and the load
Class 2: The load is situated between the fulcrum and
the force
Class 3: The force is applied between the fulcrum and
the load
The principle of lever
Formula: F1*L1=F2*L2
F1: The applied force
F2: The force given by the load
L1: The distance between the point of applied force
and fulcrum(effort arm).
L2: The distance between the load and fulcrum(the
resistance arm).
Many other common tools, instruments, and appliances are
applications of the principle of the lever.
In a first-class lever, the effort may be either larger or smaller than
the resistance, or equal to the resistance, depending upon the
location of the fulcrum.
In a second-class lever, the effort arm is always longer than the
resistance arm, so that a smaller effort moves a larger resistance,
while in a third-class lever the reverse is always true, with the effort
greater than the resistance.
The human forearm is an application of the third-class lever, the
elbow acting as the fulcrum, the weight held in the hand and
being lifted as the resistance, and the pull of the muscles between
the elbow and the hand as the effort.
The principle of lever
If L1>L2, we can exert smaller
force to overcome a larger
Class 1 and Class 2 levers
• In the use of a small force to overcome a
large one the lever finds its many
common applications.
• The lever is used for prying, as in the
case of the crowbar, or for lifting.
• For example, the fulcrum is the point
upon which a crowbar rests when used
to lift or to pry loose some object; the
effort is applied at the end farther from
the fulcrum and is relatively small.
Application1: Bumper jack!
Application2: a pair of pliers
The principle of lever
If L1=L2, then F1=F2. That means we can lift a load by
a force equal to the force given by the load.
Although we can not save the force, we can change the
direction by using Fixed Pulley
Thus, we don’t need to climb the tree.
Application3: Balance
Application4: Seesaw
The principle of lever
Laborious lever: It has the effort between the load and
the fulcrum. That is, the force is applied between the
fulcrum and the load.
The length of the load arm goes all the way to the
fulcrum and is always greater than the length of the
effort arm.
Since the distance between the resistance and the
fulcrum is usually greater than the distance between
the effort and fulcrum, the effort is greater than the
load, but such levers provide a good range of
movement at speed.
The laborious lever can truly help to save more time
and the effort can move a shorter distance, which make
our lives more convenient.
Application 5: Tweezers
Application 6: Fishing rod

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