Simple machines

Simple machines

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Caption: Simple machines. A pair of nail clippers and a bottle opener, two everyday objects that operate by using the simple lever. The principle of a lever is of mechanical advantage - a force applied at a given distance from a fulcrum (point of rotation) being magnified by being used at a point closer to the fulcrum.

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