This problem is bugging me, and I know that those far more knowlegable than I can help lift me out of my ignorance: I have a gear on a spindle which has a 10:1 ratio with respect to the spindle(armature) When I spin the armature at 1 mph, the outside diameter of the gear spins at 10 mph, but with a 10 times reduction in force. The gear and armature has "teeth" I now connect a second gear, such to where the first gear turns the armature of the second, identical gear. The second gears' outer rotation is now 100 times that of the initial input. 100 times the speed, 100 times less force. If I continue this ganged arrangement, a point in time will occur when the continually reduced force is not sufficient to even turn the next gear. What happens to this force? Is it dissipated?