Mechanical Advantage is a measure of the force amplification achieved by using a tool, mechanical device or machine system. This principle allows an equipment to overcome a large resistance at one end by applying a small force at the other. The ratio of the output force to the input force in a mechanical system, it’s calculated via the properties of physical quantities like distance, velocity or force.

In an ideal machine, mechanical advantage equates to the ratio of displacement over which effort is applied to that over which load is moved (the principle of conservation of energy). It aids engineers and physicists in understanding and designing tools and machines more efficiently. The concept extends across various fields including physics, engineering and even biology where lever systems like bones act as fulcrums.

Simple machines such as levers, pulleys, hydraulic presses and gears often employ this concept. For example, in a lever system with equal arm lengths (a balanced scale), an input force equivalent to half the weight on one side can balance it completely on the other – illustrating a mechanical advantage of two.

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