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Modelling pulley systems

This resource investigates modelling and constructing pulley systems designed to lift loads.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To be able to recognise and describe the main parts of a pulley system.
  • To understand how a pulley system can reduce the effort needed to lift a load.
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Testing a pulley system

In this resource students are asked to test the operation of pulley systems and calculating their mechanical advantage.

Suggested learning outcomes include:

  • To understand what is meant by mechanical advantage.
  • To be able to calculate the mechanical advantage of pulley systems.
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Modelling linkages

Investigating simple linkages using card models.

A mechanism is a device that changes movement in some way. Linkages are a type of mechanism. There are different types of linkage, each of which change movement in different ways.

This could be used in Key Stage 2 as a stand-alone activity or as an...

Machines, Mechanisms and Mathematics

Machines, Mechanisms and Mathematics, part of the Mathematics for the Majority series produced by The Schools Council Project in Secondary School Mathematics, is aimed at expanding teachers’ knowledge, and is written in the belief that much of mathematics has been developed to solve practical problems. Many...

Bridges in a modern world

This design, make and evaluate activity asks students to create a bridge from a range of simple materials (I.e. pasta, card). A number of bridges from across the world are used as inspiration for the students designs.

Fusion 360: Create your own moving cam tutorial

This resource provides step-by-step instructions on how Fusion 360 can be used to create a cam and follower, including basic rendering and movement of the cam and follow components around an axle.

Gears

This resource from Boxford facilitates the manufacture of a teaching aid for spur gears for use in the classroom. It includes CAD drawings of the gears and backing plate, which could be used to manufacture the device using a laser cutter. There is also a picture of the finished item.

A teaching aid for mechanisms

This resource from Boxford provides CAD files for the manufacture of a teaching aid for mechanisms. It includes photographs of the final product and CAD drawings of the component parts used, for manufacture by hand or laser cutter.

Design and make projects to teach mechanisms

Produced by the Technology Enhancement programme (TEP), these materials help students to understand, design and prototype mechanisms (including levers, gears and linkages). The resource also supports students to work through some of the mathematical concepts involved in calculating gear ratio.

Students are...

Levers and linkages, gears, pulleys and cams

This collection of classroom presentations, student worksheets and student revision activities support the teaching of:

  • types of motion (I.e. reciprocating, oscillating, linear, rotary)
  • gears (I.e. bevel, idler, gear trains
  • pulleys
  • levers (I.e. first order, second order, third...

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