Can you determine how the scaling of each part of the bolt-cutters
affects the force at Q?
What are the maximum force and the minimum force that can be exerted
at Q using the bolt-cutters configuration?
In this simulation, you must manipulate the magnitude of the force applied
on the handle and the size of the bolt-cutters' members in order to affect
the force exerted at point Q.
Click and drag the yellow arrow indicators to scale parts of the bolt-cutters.
Click and drag the force arrow to change the point of application of
As the force Q increases, its magnitude relative to the lock's
breaking point is shown on the scale. The color green indicates forces less
than the lock's breaking point, and red indicates that the lock would have