Where is the fulcrum when a boat is being rowed?  

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The two pivot points that attach the two oars to the side of the rowboat are the fulcrums on the rowboat.

A fulcrum is the point on which a lever rests or is supported. The lever pivots on the fulcrum. A pivot is a central point on which a lever or other mechanism turns.

A rowboat uses mechanical power to move. On a row boat, a person sits on a “bench” in the middle of the boat. This person is called the rower. The rower has two oars, one in each hand. An oar is a pole that has a flat blade attached to the end. The oar is anchored in a pivot that is attached to the side of the row boat. The rower moves, or rows, the oars in the water in order to project the boat forward.

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