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First-order lever
    • Setting:
      Room XII
    • Maker:
    • Date:
      late 18th cent.
    • Materials:
      wood, brass
    • Dimensions:
      690x220x610 mm
    • Inventory:
    • First-order lever (Inv. 1007)

First-order lever, very similar to lever inv. 1002. The apparatus consists of a profiled wooden base supporting a turned column that holds the moving beam. The latter has two notches for shifting the position of the fulcrum. One end of the beam carries a counterweight; the other end holds a cord to which a small weight is attached. The instrument reproduces a lever illustrated by Willem Jacob 's Gravesande in Physices elementa mathematica, experimentis confirmata (3rd ed., Leiden, 1742). Provenance: Lorraine collections.