# Simple Machines Quiz: Test Your Knowledge!

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• 1.

### If you bite into an apple, your teeth would be considered what type of simple machine?

• A.

Inclined plane

• B.

Wheel and axle

• C.

Wedge

• D.

Pulley

C. Wedge
Explanation
When you bite into an apple, your teeth act as a wedge. A wedge is a simple machine that consists of a sharp, inclined surface. It is used to separate or split objects apart by applying a force to the narrow end of the wedge. In this case, your teeth exert force on the apple, causing it to break apart. Therefore, the correct answer is "wedge".

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• 2.

### What is the main purpose of a wedge? (work it does)

• A.

Push things apart

• B.

Push things together

• C.

Move away from objects

• D.

Lift objects

A. Push things apart
Explanation
A wedge is a simple machine that is designed to push things apart. It is typically a triangular-shaped tool with a sharp edge that is used to separate or split objects by applying force. By inserting the wedge into a narrow space and then applying pressure, it creates a mechanical advantage, allowing the user to easily separate or split objects that would otherwise be difficult to move or separate. Therefore, the main purpose of a wedge is to push things apart.

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• 3.

### The sharp edge of a knife is considered to be a wedge.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
A wedge is a simple machine that is used to separate or split objects apart. The sharp edge of a knife allows it to easily penetrate and separate objects, making it function as a wedge. Therefore, the statement that the sharp edge of a knife is considered to be a wedge is true.

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• 4.

### This is necessary to get an object moving...

• A.

Friction

• B.

Force

• C.

Resistance

• D.

Wedge

B. Force
Explanation
Force is the correct answer because an object requires a force to overcome inertia and start moving. Without a force acting on it, the object will remain at rest. Friction and resistance are types of forces that can oppose motion, while a wedge is a type of simple machine that can be used to apply force. However, in this context, the general term "force" best explains the necessary action to initiate movement.

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• 5.

### A rod attached to the center of a wheel is called:

• A.

Magnet

• B.

Wedge

• C.

Inclined plane

• D.

Axle

D. Axle
Explanation
A rod attached to the center of a wheel is called an axle. The axle serves as a central support for the wheel, allowing it to rotate freely. It is responsible for connecting the wheel to the rest of the mechanism or vehicle, providing stability and facilitating movement. Without an axle, the wheel would not be able to rotate properly and perform its intended function.

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• 6.

### The efficiency of a simple machine will always be 100% or higher.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The efficiency of a simple machine will not always be 100% or higher. Efficiency is a measure of how effectively a machine converts input energy into useful output energy. It is expressed as a percentage, with 100% being the ideal efficiency. However, in reality, no machine can achieve 100% efficiency due to factors such as friction and energy losses. Therefore, the efficiency of a simple machine can be less than 100%, making the statement false.

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• 7.

### Cranes, flagpoles, and window blinds are examples of what type of simple machines?

• A.

Inclined Planes

• B.

Wedge

• C.

Pulley

• D.

Wheel and axle

C. Pulley
Explanation
Cranes, flagpoles, and window blinds are examples of pulleys. A pulley is a simple machine that consists of a grooved wheel with a rope or cable running through it. It is used to lift heavy objects by applying force in a different direction. In the case of cranes and flagpoles, the pulley system allows for the lifting and lowering of objects with less effort. Window blinds also use a pulley system to raise and lower the blinds. Therefore, the correct answer is pulley.

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• 8.

### What Ancient civilization likely used the inclined plane to build the pyramids?

• A.

Egyptians

• B.

British

• C.

French

• D.

Greeks

A. Egyptians
Explanation
The Egyptians likely used the inclined plane to build the pyramids because historical evidence suggests that they were highly skilled in engineering and construction. The inclined plane would have been a practical tool for moving heavy stones and materials to higher levels during the construction process. Additionally, the Egyptians' knowledge of mathematics and geometry would have allowed them to calculate the optimal angles for the inclined planes, further supporting the idea that they utilized this technique.

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• 9.

### When you increase the distance of a moving object on an inclined plane ...

• A.

Less force is needed to move an object

• B.

More force is needed to move an object

• C.

The amount of force does not matter

• D.

There is no reason to worry about the longer distance, because it will not make a difference in the amount of work is done

A.  Less force is needed to move an object
Explanation
When you increase the distance of a moving object on an inclined plane, less force is needed to move the object. This is because as the distance increases, the incline of the plane allows for a component of the force to act in the direction of motion, reducing the amount of force required to overcome gravity and friction. Therefore, the object can be moved with less force exerted.

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• 10.

### Using multiple pulleys would reduce the amount of force needed in order to do the work of the object.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Using multiple pulleys can reduce the amount of force needed to do the work of an object. This is because pulleys can help distribute the force required to lift or move an object over multiple ropes or cables. By increasing the number of pulleys, the force needed to lift or move the object can be divided among the different pulleys, making it easier to accomplish the task. Therefore, the statement is true.

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• 11.

### What type of simple machine is found on the cap of a pickle jar?

• A.

Wedge

• B.

Wheel

• C.

Screw

• D.

Pulley

C. Screw
Explanation
A screw is a type of simple machine that is found on the cap of a pickle jar. It consists of an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder, allowing it to be turned easily. When the screw is twisted, it moves through the threads, creating a force that can hold the cap tightly in place or release it. In the case of a pickle jar, the screw mechanism is used to seal the jar tightly, keeping the contents fresh and preventing leakage.

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• 12.

### A device that has two or more simple machines working together

• A.

Complete machine

• B.

Independent machine

• C.

Complex machine

• D.

Simple machine

C. Complex machine
Explanation
A complex machine refers to a device that consists of two or more simple machines working together. Unlike an independent machine, which operates on its own, a complex machine relies on the combined efforts of multiple simple machines to perform a specific task. This combination of simple machines allows for more efficient and effective work to be done, making the complex machine more capable and versatile than a simple machine.

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• 13.

### Work  is done when a force is applied over a distance.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Work is defined as the product of force and displacement. When a force is applied over a distance, work is being done because there is a transfer of energy from the source of the force to the object on which the force is applied. Therefore, the statement "Work is done when a force is applied over a distance" is true.

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• 14.

### Screws and wedges are examples of an inclined plane.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Screws and wedges are both types of simple machines that can be classified as inclined planes. An inclined plane is a flat surface that is slanted, which allows for the exertion of force over a longer distance to accomplish work. Both screws and wedges have a slanted surface that allows them to convert a smaller force over a longer distance into a larger force over a shorter distance. Therefore, it is correct to say that screws and wedges are examples of inclined planes.

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• 15.

### Which simple machine would most likely be used to move an object over great distances and on a flat surface?

• A.

Wedge

• B.

Wheel and axle

• C.

Inclined plane

• D.

Pulley

B. Wheel and axle
Explanation
The wheel and axle is the most suitable simple machine for moving an object over great distances and on a flat surface. The wheel and axle consists of a circular wheel attached to a rod or axle, allowing for efficient movement and reduced friction. This combination provides leverage and makes it easier to transport heavy objects over long distances.

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• 16.

### A door knob would be what type of simple machine?

• A.

Wheel and axle

• B.

Pulley

• C.

Lever

• D.

Wedge

A. Wheel and axle
Explanation
A door knob can be classified as a wheel and axle because it consists of a circular knob (wheel) that rotates on a shaft (axle) to open or close a door. The circular motion of the knob allows for easy turning and provides a mechanical advantage, making it easier to operate the door.

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• 17.

### Which of the following items would be considered as a(n) wheel and axle?

• A.

Nutcracker

• B.

Axe

• C.

Windmill

• D.

Screwdriver

C. Windmill
Explanation
A wheel and axle consists of a wheel attached to a smaller axle, where the wheel rotates around the axle. In the given options, the windmill fits this description as it has a large wheel (the blades) that rotates around a central axle. The nutcracker, axe, and screwdriver do not have this characteristic, as they do not have a wheel rotating around an axle.

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• 18.

### The spokes on the wheel of a bicycle are actually like the arms of a lever.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The spokes on a bicycle wheel can be compared to the arms of a lever because they transmit force from the hub to the rim, allowing the wheel to support the weight of the rider and provide stability. Like a lever, the spokes increase the mechanical advantage, making it easier to rotate the wheel. Therefore, the statement that the spokes on a bicycle wheel are like the arms of a lever is true.

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• 19.

### What simple machine would be designed in order to take a fish out of the water easily with a fishing pole?

• A.

Lever

• B.

Wedge

• C.

Inclined plane

• D.

Pulley

D. Pulley
Explanation
A pulley would be the simple machine designed to take a fish out of the water easily with a fishing pole. By attaching a pulley to the fishing pole, it allows for the fisherman to use a system of ropes or cables to lift the fish out of the water with less effort. The pulley reduces the amount of force required to lift the fish by distributing the weight and allowing for a mechanical advantage.

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• 20.

### Which of the following would not be using mechanical advantage ?

• A.

Using your hand to open a jar

• B.

Using a pulley to raise a flag on a flagpole

• C.

Use a crowbar to lift a heavy rock

• D.

Using an axe to cut through a log

A. Using your hand to open a jar
Explanation
Using your hand to open a jar would not be using mechanical advantage because it relies solely on the strength and force applied by the hand. Mechanical advantage refers to the use of tools or devices that amplify or multiply the force applied, making the task easier. In the other options, a pulley, crowbar, and axe are all examples of tools that provide mechanical advantage by leveraging forces or reducing the amount of force required to perform the task.

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• 21.

### The simple machine of a lever is used to move an elevator.

• A.

True

• B.

False

B. False
Explanation
The simple machine of a lever is not used to move an elevator. Elevators typically use a system of pulleys and counterweights to move up and down. While levers can be used in some aspects of elevator systems, such as controlling the opening and closing of doors, they are not the primary mechanism for moving the elevator itself. Therefore, the statement is false.

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• 22.

### Which of the following would not be an example of a screw, simple machine object?

• A.

Nuts and bolts

• B.

Jar lid

• C.

Light bulb

• D.

Wheelbarrow

D. Wheelbarrow
Explanation
A wheelbarrow is not an example of a screw because it does not have a threaded shaft that moves through a stationary object. A screw is a simple machine that consists of an inclined plane wrapped around a cylinder. Nuts and bolts, jar lids, and light bulbs can all be examples of screws because they have a threaded shaft that is used to fasten or secure objects together.

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• 23.

### When a screwdriver is used to open a can of paint, what is the fulcrum in this specific example?

• A.

• B.

The edge of the paint can

• C.

Lid of the paint can

• D.

The screwdriver

B. The edge of the paint can
Explanation
In this specific example, the fulcrum is the edge of the paint can. The fulcrum is the point on which a lever pivots or rotates, and in this case, the paint can's edge acts as the fixed point around which the screwdriver moves to open the can.

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• 24.

### Where would you find the fulcrum on a seesaw?

• A.

On the left side

• B.

On the right side

• C.

In the middle

• D.

On the top

C. In the middle
Explanation
The fulcrum is the point on which a lever, such as a seesaw, pivots. In the case of a seesaw, the fulcrum is located in the middle. This allows for equal distribution of weight on both sides, ensuring balance and easy movement up and down.

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• 25.

### The fulcrum of a lever is the same as an axle on the wheel and axle, simple machine.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
The statement is true because both the fulcrum of a lever and the axle of a wheel and axle are points around which rotation occurs. In a lever, the fulcrum is the fixed point on which the lever pivots, allowing for the application of force to one end to create movement on the other end. Similarly, in a wheel and axle, the axle serves as the central point around which the wheel rotates, enabling the transfer of force and motion. Therefore, the fulcrum of a lever is indeed the same as an axle on the wheel and axle.

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• 26.

### Tweezers are a great example of a third class lever.

• A.

True

• B.

False

A. True
Explanation
Tweezers can be considered as a third-class lever because the effort (force applied by the hand) is located between the fulcrum (the point where the tweezers pivot) and the load (the object being picked up). In a third-class lever, the effort arm is shorter than the load arm, resulting in a mechanical disadvantage. In the case of tweezers, the effort applied by the hand is greater than the force exerted on the object being picked up, allowing for more precise control and manipulation. Therefore, the statement "Tweezers are a great example of a third-class lever" is true.

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• 27.

### When playing baseball, your coach may actually tell you to move your hands up on the bat. Because the bat is acting as a lever, what part of the lever are you changing when you move your hands?

• A.

Fulcrum

• B.

Resistance

• C.

Force

• D.

Friction

A. Fulcrum
Explanation
When playing baseball, moving your hands up on the bat changes the position of the fulcrum. In this context, the bat acts as a lever, and the fulcrum is the point where the bat rests against your hands. By moving your hands up, you are changing the location of the pivot point, or fulcrum, which can affect the force and control you exert on the bat when swinging.

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