7th Grade Fluid & Work Links:
Exploratorium: Hands Up! Rock Climbing: Levers and Wedges
This site documents a climb and explains some of the physics and forces
involved. The pages are mostly text with a few images, but it may be an
interesting way to get students to think about the ways they move as principles of physics.
Mechanical Advantage: Pulley System
This diagram shows the relationships and mechanical advantage within a simple pulley system.
Dirtmeister: Simple Machines
Students observe simple machines around their house and school, and then
write reports about their investigation. Includes a brief overview of simple
machines and what compound or complex machines are made up of.
SuccessLinK: Simply a Machine
Students will use their knowledge about simple machines and identify simple
machines within a compound machine. Students will also create their own
inventions using simple machines.
Simple Machines: Information Sheet
Read about physical forces and simple machines and their mechanical advantages.
How Stuff Works: How a Block and Tackle Works
This site illustrates and explains how a system of pulleys and rope can help
get work done. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Identify the Simple Machine 2
Identify simple machines found in more complex machines.
Edheads: The Compound Machine
Click "Start" to play a game which has a series of questions about how forces and simple machines can work together to create compound machines. Includes a teacher's guide.
'Fun Car Facts For Kids: Simple Machines Used In Automobiles
A great website profiling the importance of simple machines in cars. Scroll down to the end of the page for even more links on simple machines!