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Pieces of Science "Mailardet's Automaton" Understanding Simple Machines


Pieces of Science "Mailardet's Automaton" Understanding Simple Machines

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This site is about a machine invented by Henri Maillardet around 1800. The machine is now in the Franklin Institute in Philadelphia. One section of the site discusses simple machines.
Material Type: Presentation
Date Added to MERLOT: September 15, 2007
Date Modified in MERLOT: September 15, 2007
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Submitter: Jennifer Dukes


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Language: English
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6 years ago

Jennifer Dukes (Student)

I believe the story of Maillardet's Automaton would capture students' interest as they begin a physics unit on simple machines. It shows how simple machines can be combined to create more complex machines. There was a page explaining each type of simple machine at an upper elementary reading level.