RopeLab Quiz 1: Mechanical Advantage

This quiz presents 10 short questions from the Mechanical Advantage content presented in the one-day RopeLab: Physics for Roping Technicians workshop.  It tests your theoretical understanding of Mechanical Advantage in a range of simple scenarios.

Although there are many ways to discuss and calculate Mechanical Advantage, the following terms are used in this quiz:

  • Ideal Mechanical Advantage (IMA): the best possible MA for a system ignoring any friction, stretch, and imperfect angles.
  • Theoretical Mechanical Advantage (TMA): the best guess at MA taking friction into account for each change in direction (pulleys, carabiners, edges, etc).

Actual Mechanical Advantage (AMA) refers to the MA measured in the system once built and tested.

All of the images in this quiz have been created using vRigger (http://vrigger.com).

© Richard Delaney, RopeLab 2015.

1.

This image shows an operator standing on the ground attempting to raise a his partner. What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage of this system (ignore friction)?

2.

This image shows an operator attempting to raise himself by pulling down on the yellow rope. What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?

3. This image shows an operator attempting to raise their partner by pulling down on the yellow rope.  What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?
4. This image shows an operator attempting to raise themselves by pulling down on the yellow rope.  What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?
5. This vehicle is attempting to move itself by taking in rope on the front mounted winch.  What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?
6. This vehicle is attempting to move itself by taking in rope on the front mounted winch.  What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?
7. This vehicle is attempting to move itself by taking in the grey rope on the front powered mounted winch.  What is the Ideal Mechanical Advantage (ignoring friction) of this system?
8. The image shows a scenario where a person is being held in place by a rope supported by an overhead anchor.  What is the theoretical magnitude of the force on Anchor A?
9. The image shows a scenario where a person is being lowered by a rope supported by an overhead anchor.  What is the theoretical (including friction) magnitude of the force on Anchor B?
10. This image shows a scenario where a person is being lowered by a rope supported by an overhead anchor.  What is the theoretical (including friction) magnitude of the force on Anchor C?
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  1. Jay Zhang
    September 23, 2019 |
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