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ERIC Number: EJ1142773
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2017-Feb
Pages: 2
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-0031-921X
Students Learning Physics While Lifting Themselves: A Simple Analysis of a Scissors Jack
Haugland, Ole Anton
Physics Teacher, v55 n2 p94-95 Feb 2017
Every time I have to jack up my car, I am a bit surprised by how slowly the scissors jack works the higher I raise it, and close to maximum height I need very little force to turn the crank. This agrees well with the principle of simple machines. Since I have to jack up my car at least twice a year to change between winter tires and summer tires, I thought it was time to take a closer look at the physics behind the process. And like most physics teachers, I am always looking for new ideas for my teaching. In this note I will present a few ideas on how a jack can be a topic in physics teaching.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
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