The Mighty Mathematics of the Lever

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Exactly what did Archimedes mean when he said, "Give me a place to stand, and I will move the Earth"? Watch this video and find out as it explains the mathematics behind levers, and explores a few fun hypothetical situations involving the use of these simple machines.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Watch this video during a physical science unit on simple machines
  • After watching this video, have your class perform a series of experiments verifying the mathematics of levers
  • Assign this resource as homework in your flipped classroom
Pros

  • Fun animations help to both engage viewers and explain the concepts being addressed
  • Teachers are given the option of creating their own lessons based around this video
  • Resource includes a brief assessment with four multiple choice and three free-response questions
Cons

  • None