Simple Machines

Big idea:
Machines are devices that transfer force and energy.
  • Format

    Live Classes
  • Recommended for

    Grade 5 
  • Access for

    48 weeks
  • Dates and Schedule

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This dynamic course offers an exploration of simple and complex machines, providing students with a solid foundation in their principles, applications, and efficiency. Students will delve into the world of mechanical advantage, understanding how these machines amplify force and facilitate work.

The course begins by examining the fundamental concepts of simple machines. Students will explore the three classes of levers, gaining insight into their structures, functions, and practical applications. They will also delve into the mechanics of wheel and axle systems, pulleys, inclined planes, wedges, and screws, unraveling their unique characteristics and the tasks they excel at.

Moving beyond the realm of simple machines, the course expands to encompass complex machines. Students will examine the interplay of multiple simple machines within these complex systems, analyzing their synergistic effects on force, work, and efficiency. Through engaging powerpoint presentations, students will explore the diverse applications of complex machines in various fields, from transportation and manufacturing to robotics and engineering.

The course also provides a comprehensive understanding of work, power, and efficiency as they relate to simple and complex machines. Students will learn to calculate and evaluate these parameters, enabling them to optimize the performance of machines and make informed decisions regarding their applications.

By the end of the course, students will have acquired a thorough understanding of simple and complex machines, their mechanical advantages, and their role in facilitating work. They will have developed the skills to analyze, evaluate, and design machines, making them adept at harnessing the power of these mechanisms in practical contexts. This knowledge will prove invaluable for students pursuing careers in engineering, mechanics, and related fields, as well as those seeking a deeper understanding of the mechanisms that shape our world.

What's included?

  • 10 Lessons
  • 10 Online Classes
  • Goal Setting Exercise
  • 9 Sets of Slides with notes & activities
  • 9 Exit Tickets - Formative Assessments
  • 60+ Learning Resources
  • 1 Quiz - Summative Assessment 
  • 1 Self- Assessment
  • 1 Certificate


    • Simple machines
    • Mechanical Advantage
    • Levers: classes of levers
    • Wheel and axle
    • Pulleys
    • Inclined planes
    • Wedges
    • Screws
    • Applications of simple machines
    • Work, power and efficiency of simple machines
    • Complex machines 

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