The Inclined Plane

To explore the way an inclined plane makes work easier, try lifting a weight directly with a rubber band and measuring the stretch, then dragging that same item up the inclined plane and measuring the stretch.  When lifting an object with an inclined plane, one must move the object farther but with less force than one would lifting it directly.

Example inclined planes:

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