Agreed, that would be a problem, and we did face it. In order to fix it, we drilled a connection hole where they would be exactly at equilibrium. Then, on both levers, we extended that hole horizontally so that it would be free to move to the side if it wasn't at equilibrium, avoiding the problem of the tension.Wait, so if you connected them side-by-side, when the Class 1 lever moves up on the opposite side of the load (the right side), what would happen to the Class 2 lever? Wouldn't it break? Sorry if I have the wrong picture here, but I'm a bit confused on how you would connect the two without adding too much tension to the levers.
I'm not on this event, I just happen to build a lot of stuff for our team so I don't know if the event supervisors have said anything about it. I've told our people on Compound Machines to mention the FAQs (which I've quoted below) if they run into issues withe the beam being longer than 40cm.Looks good but I noticed something you did that we started doing but then abandoned. Rule 3a states that each of the levers be made with a "single beam of length less than or equal to 40 cm". Even though you would like to have as long a lever as possible, we were afraid to make our class 2 lever 40 cm in length since this would require the beam used to make the lever to be slightly longer than 40cm (due to the loss at the fulcrum). We started with a beam of app 45 cm in length but then shortened it to 40cm. This made the actual lever only about 38 cm long. You appear to have a beam of approximately 45cm in your device. Have you had any competitions so far and if so, has this been mentioned?
For the first class lever component, does the total length of the bar have to be less than 40 cm or the individual sides from the fulcrum? (section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1)
For the class 1 lever the load point to effort point measurements must be less than or equal to 40.0 cm. The size of the the fulcrum is irrelevant to this measurement.
For class II lever would 40 cm be measured from the center of the fulcrum to the center of the load? (section: 3 / paragraph: a / line: 1-2)
The 40 cm maximum length will be from the fulcrum connection to the effort point.
I am guessing either Optics for both divisions or Physical Science Lab for B and Physics Lab for C.Does anyone know which event will switch out with Simple Machines next year as this is the 2nd year?
The tentative plan is Wind Power.Does anyone know which event will switch out with Simple Machines next year as this is the 2nd year?
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