Have you ever been hiking and followed a trail that went back and forth?
Or traveled up a mountain along winding roads called switchbacks?
Have you seen people move heavy objects up a ramp instead of lifting them directly upward?
These are all examples of an inclined plane.
With your lab partner, generate a list of inclined planes which you have seen or used. Record this in your lab packet.
An inclined plane is a simple machine which allows us to raise an object with less effort than if we lifted it directly upward.