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Simple Machines

This downloadable PDF booklet focuses on the physics behind simple machines utilized by the U.S. Navy.  Subjects:  Defining a simple machine; levers; wheels and axels; pulleys; inclined planes and wedges; and screws.  There are also plenty of activities and a scavenger hunt for use in the museum with this booklet. 

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Images:  NH 71106:  Ship's Wheel:  NH 101477:  Men working stack.  Note pulley.