Description of physical system help

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This is not homework related and I am having some trouble with describing a part of a system. It is a Rube Goldberg machine. I have two vertical "levers" with axles in the middle of them. I'll post photos. I am really having trouble describing them more or less because I don't know what a good description of the objects them selves are. Are they levers? Latches? Hinges? Pendulums? This is keeping me from really describing them quantitatively because I am having trouble finding the right formulas for transferring energy, velocity, force all that, through that part.

Could someone help me or vaguely lead me to a direction to look for both items?

It is the yellow vertical poles that I am talking about.

Link to images: https://imgur.com/a/WZ04zCR

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Tom.G
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From their action/usage, 'lever' would be the correct term.

Reasoning:
They have a point about which they pivot, an applied force and distance, and a resultant force and distance.

Cheers,
Tom
 

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