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Mechanical Advantage

  1. Feb 28, 2006 #1
    The hammer is an example of a machine when you take a nail out of a piece of wood. is a lever type 2.

    professionally, how would you describe why the hammer has a long handle, and how that would result in a greater ideal mechanical advantage? please include the forumla of IMA = dl/de and use it for a better understanding
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  3. Mar 1, 2006 #2


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  4. Mar 1, 2006 #3
    The hammer's long handle utilizes a moment arm which can be used to increase the force applied to something from a pivot. The hammer has a long handle because it increases the distance of effort. Since
    Ideal Mechanical Advantage = Distance of Effort/ Distance of Load, the distance of load stays the same but the distance of effort increases, the mechanical advantage is greater

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