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FIRST CLASS LEVERS

FIRST CLASS LEVERS SEE-SAW LEVERS


1st Class Lever - The fulcrum is located between
the effort arm and the resistance arm.
First class levers can multiply force and distance
Examples: scissors, see-saw, hammers claws, pliers, etc

L2 effort arm > L1- load arm


Mechanical advantage is more than one

FIRST CLASS LEVERS

SECOND CLASS
LEVERS
2ND CLASS LEVERS WHEELBARROW LEVERS

2nd Class Lever - resistance is located between


the effort arm and the fulcrum. These levers
multiply the force but the direction stays the
same.
Example: wheelbarrow, stapler, bottle opener,
finger nail clippers, nut cracker

L2 effort arm > L1- load arm


Mechanical advantage is more than one

SECOND CLASS
LEVERS

THIRD CLASS
LEVERS

3RD CLASS LEVERS - TWEEZERS


3rd Class Lever - The effort force is located between
the fulcrum and the resistance.
The effort arm is
always shorter than the resistance arm so it cannot
multiply the force and the MA is always less than 1.
Examples: rake, hockey stick, broom, shovel, fishing pole,
tweezers, tongs
Not recommended in
engineering practice

L2 effort arm < L1- load arm


Mechanical advantage is less than one

THIRD CLASS
LEVERS