RopeLab Quiz 1: Mechanical Advantage

A quick quiz to test your understanding of MA in simple systems.

There are 10 multiple choice questions.

Once you have finished, click on the “View questions” link at the end to see how you went.

RopeLab Quiz 1: Mechanical Advantage

This quiz presents a series of 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.

The images for each question will display at a larger size if ‘clicked’.

All of the images in this quiz have been created using vRigger (

© Richard Delaney, RopeLab 2015.

  1. Darrin Carter
    February 11, 2015 |
  2. Nathan Paulsberg
    February 18, 2015 |

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