Levers are the most basic machines which are used to do some work with minimal effort. A lever amplifies an input force to provide a greater output force, which is said to provide leverage. We are aware there are various types of lever depending upon the position of the fulcrum, the force and the weight. Every tool which is used to perform work comes under any one of this category.
Classification of Lever (Lever Types)
- First Class Lever
- Second Class Lever
- Third Class Lever
First Class Lever
These are the lever which has the fulcrum in between the weight and the force applied. Its order is represented as force-fulcrum-weight. This is the most basic type of lever and has examples such as our hand pushing an object or seesaws, crowbars. Using a scissor represents the use of two first-class levers. A wheel and axle is also an example. Pulling a nail out of a wooden plank also represents first class lever.
Second Class Lever
In this, the fulcrum is at one end and the force applied is on the other end. The weight is situated in the middle of these two. The order of this would be fulcrum-weight-force. Application of force at one end will result in some work done on the other end. Some common application of second class lever would be a wheelbarrow, staplers and doors or gates etc.
Third Class Lever
These are the levers in which the fulcrum is at one end and the force is applied in the middle and the weight is on the other end. The order is represented as weight-force-fulcrum. In this case, we have to apply more energy to displace the weight to a longer distance. Some examples of third class lever would be a fishing rod, a broom, a baseball bat, a bow and arrow and most incredible, a human jaw.
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