Wedge simple machine

By: Omead G. & Augusta

What is a wedge?

A wedge is a piece of material, such as metal or wood, thick at one edge and tapered to a thin edge at the other for insertion in a narrow crevice, used for splitting, tightening, securing, or levering.

Examples of a wedge

Some examples of a wedge In real life are such things like an axe or a knife

Mechanical Advantage of a wedge

The wedge has a great mechanical advantage. The more acute, or narrow, the angle of a wedge, the greater the ratio of the length of its slope to its width, and thus the more mechanical advantage it will yield. To determine the advantage of a wedge divide the length of the slope by its height. For double wedges divide the force distance by the resistance force.