What Two Simple Machines Make up Scissors?


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Compound machines are systems that incorporate two or more simple machines into their design. A pair of scissors is a compound machine that incorporates both the lever and the wedge into its design.

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What Two Simple Machines Make up Scissors?
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The scissors' handles are connected in the middle, and the point of connection acts as the fulcrum of a lever. The squeezing force exerted against the handles is then transmitted to the scissors' blades. The blades are wedges, another type of simple machine. A wedge is a sharpened inclined plane that concentrates force along a narrow line to cut into and separate the object it is used against.

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