The Mechanical Leverage Calculator computes the
INSTRUCTIONS: This calculator has five functions related to the:
Archimedes once said, "Give me a lever and a place to stand and I will move the earth." While this might be a bit of an exaggeration, Archimedes clearly understood the power of the simple lever. Levers are still used in the basic construction of many complex machines. Every hydraulic arm on bulldozers and tractors use leverage in performing their tasks.
Using the calculator above, compute how much weight you could lift using a simple piece of lumber and concrete block as the fulcrum. If you weigh as much as me (200 lbs), and you use an 8 foot 2x4, and place the fulcrum at 1 foot, you can lift an object 1,400 pounds! If you move the fulcrum six inches toward the weight (x = 6", y = 7.5'), you can lift 3,000 lbs. That's the amazing lever.
The power of a lever is not only useful, but is can save lives. Rescuers often use levers to lift heavy objects to reach people in collapsed building or under broken machines.