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Wheel and Axle

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What is the diameter of the axle?

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resistance weight to the string attached to the axte. Use your fingers to
turn the wheel. Based on where the applied effort and resistance are located,
identify the distance traveled by both forces during one full rotation.

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For the same resistance, is the effort force larger when the effort is applied to the
wheel or when it is applied to the axle? Explain why.
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14. List and describe two examples of a wheel and axle


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15. lf you know the dimensions of a wheel and axle system used for an automobile,

how can you determine the distance covered for each axle revolution? Explain any
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