Third-Class Levers in the Human Body
A lever is a type of simple machine where a rigid arm is arranged around a fixed point or fulcrum. Input, the force you put in, directed into an output force. The classic example of a lever is a seesaw. The fulcrum is in the middle, and when you push down on your side of the seesaw (input), it makes the person on the other side of the seesaw go up (output).
There are three main classes of levers. If the fulcrum is in the between the output force and input force as in the seesaw, it is a first-class lever. In a second-class lever, the output force is in between the fulcrum and the input force. An example of a second class lever is a wheelbarrow. The fulcrum is the wheel, the load of stuff in the wheel barrow requires the output force to be lifted, and the person at the handle supplies the input force. In a third-class lever, the input force is in between the output force and the fulcrum. An example of this class of lever is a baseball bat. The handle of the bat is the fulcrum, you supply the input force near the middle, and the other end of the bat that pushes the ball with the output forces. In a third-class lever, the input force is greater than the output force but the output load is able to move farther.
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