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Simple Machines

Thousands of years ago, inventors created simple machines to make the work of pulling, pushing and lifting a lot easier. When two or more of these simple machines are put together, they form a compound machine. Most of the machines we use today are compound machines, but before they could be built, inventors had to understand how simple machines worked first. Check out the sites below to find out which simple machines you use everyday.

  • Simple Machines
    The Franklin Institute breaks down inclined planes, levers, wedges, screws, pulleys, wheels and axels.

  • Exploring Leonardo
    Leonardo da Vinci was one of the greatest painters of the Italian Renaissance, but he was also an inventor of several simple machines.




  • Simple Machines
    Learn how these simple tools make work easier.

  • Gadget Anatomy
    Once you've become a simple-machines pro, take the ultimate challenge by trying to figure out which simple machine you see in each gadget.



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