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What is the mechanical advantage of a machine which only changes the direction of a force?


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April 20, 2010 12:24AM


Since the question clearly states that the machine only changes the direction there can be no mechanical advantage gained.

In order for a machine to have a mechanical advantage greater than 1, the machine must be able to change two or more of these factors:

  • The amount of force exerted
  • The distance over which the force is exerted
  • The direction over which the force is exerted