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Lift the Load

Figure from experiment 28 from Elementary Science with Vernier


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.


In this activity, you will

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

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

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Experiment 28 from Elementary Science with Vernier Lab Book

<em>Elementary Science with Vernier</em> book cover

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