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Lift the Load!

Experiment #2 from Investigating Force

Education Level
Elementary School


The Greek philosopher Archimedes said, “Give me a lever long enough and a place to stand, and I can move the world.” What did he mean by this? In this activity, you will get a chance to investigate how levers work.


  • Make a lever.
  • Measure the amount of force needed to lift up a book when applying a force at different positions on the lever.

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