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mechadv44
ok, I know that being further away and using a fulcrum/pivot point from an object being moved takes less energy. i.e using a 4 foot crow bar to pry open something. But i can't grasp the concept of why being further away makes it so much easier. thanks
mathman
The simplest way to look at is to use the relationship work = force x distance. When you are further away, you need to use less force to get the same amount of work done, since you are moving the fulcrum a longer distance to get the same effect.
Robittybob1
QUOTE (mathman+Jan 29 2012, 11:34 PM)
The simplest way to look at is to use the relationship work = force x distance. When you are further away, you need to use less force to get the same amount of work done, since you are moving the fulcrum a longer distance to get the same effect.

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When you are further away, you need to use less force to get the same amount of work done, since you are moving the fulcrum a longer distance to get the same effect.
is that the fulcrum is not supposed to move.
Moment arm is the term to use.
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