Self-Lifting Lever Experiment

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This video serves as a stipulation.

Some physicists have said that they do not believe in levers which lift their own fulcrums.

However, here is a possible example.

The physicist might respond by saying that the 'real' fulcrum in this case is the 'secondary fulcrum': the bar positioned behind the hinged fulcrum.

However, the experimenter might respond by saying that the motion of the lever is much more slight than traditional physics would predict.

The motion is facillitated by 1) The support of the hinged fulcrum, so as to reduce resistance to motion, and 2) the mostly sideways motion of the fulcrum-point.

Through this principle of efficiency, the device appears to be close to 'lifting itself': a fabled property attributed to the imagination, and perhaps to whirligigs or perpetual motion machines.

NOTATION: The angle of the bar behind the hinged fulcrum is very particular. It is angled in three directions: 1. Downwards slightly, 2. Backwards sligthly. 3. Plus, the direction of motion is also leftwards. The overall effect is to produce an efficiency in which the difference in the angle of the lever itself is very slight on the vertical as it moves, while simultaneously the mass acting on the angle is strong relative to the limited resistance due to the supported fulcrum. All of this is helped by the horizontality of the motion of the fulcrum-point.

---Nathan Coppedge

Feb 4th, 2016

(Original experiement ~Dec 16th, 2015).

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