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Wedge

    A wedge is made by putting two inclined planes together.  They come together to form a V-shape.  A wedge may be used to lift or pry apart heavy objects.  A wedge can also be used to stop an object from moving.   A wedge has only one part. 

     The force and the load move in different directions.  In this picture, as the force moves the ax down, the load (wood) breaks apart and falls to the sides.