Applying Simple Machines to Gain Mechanical Advantage

Students will view and practice using levers, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, screws and wheel and axles to make “working” in the shipyard easier.  They will also consider and experiment with how shipbuilders of yesterday and today have applied mechanical advantage to make each stage of shipbuilding easier and more efficient.  Concepts include resistance, friction, effort, and the mathematics of mechanical advantage.