How Do You Lift a Lion?

How Do You Lift a Lion?

by Robert E. Wells

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Overview

How do you lift a lion? With a machine that's big and powerful with clanking metal parts? There are machines like that. But otheres have only a few moving parts. In fact, some machines are so simple that they don't seem like machines at all—like the wheel, the lever, and the pulley. These machines can make work easy—even if you're trying to lift a lion!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780807534212
Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
Publication date: 01/01/1996
Series: Wells of Knowledge Science Series
Pages: 32
Sales rank: 398,016
Product dimensions: 10.50(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.10(d)
Lexile: 750L (what's this?)
Age Range: 4 - 8 Years

About the Author

Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children, including Can You Count to a Googol? and Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.


Robert E. Wells is the author and illustrator of many intriguing and award-winning science books for children, including Can You Count to a Googol? and Why Do Elephants Need the Sun? He lives with his wife in Wenatchee, Washington.

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How Do You Lift a Lion?


By Robert E. Wells

ALBERT WHITMAN & Company

Copyright © 1996 Robert E. Wells
All rights reserved.
ISBN: 978-0-8075-3421-2


CHAPTER 1

DID YOU EVER TRY TO LIFT A LION?

You'd have to be awfully strong.

It's because of the force of GRAVITY. Gravity pulls objects downward. When that object is as massive as a lion, it pulls pretty hard.

With a LEVER, you can lift a heavy weight with much less effort.

The main part of a lever is a bar or rod which balances, or pivots, on a FULCRUM.

If the FORCE side is longer than the LOAD side, you will have LEVERAGE. Leverage adds force to your own strength. With a force side this long, you could lift a lion!

So, if you had a lever with a handle THIS long, maybe you could lift them a little!

Gravity is pulling down on that panda. And there's also FRICTION between the ground and the pallet. Friction, or resistance, happens when two surfaces rub together. The more weight pushing on the surfaces, the more friction there is.


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