The ideal mechanical advantage equals the length of the effort arm divided by the length of the resistance arm of a lever. In general, the IMA = the resistance force, Fr, divided by the effort force, Fe. IMA also equals the distance over which the effort is applied, de, divided by the distance the load travels, dr.

The ideal mechanical advantage equals the length of the effort arm divided by the length of the resistance arm of a lever. In general, the IMA = the resistance force, Fr, divided by the effort force, Fe. IMA also equals the distance over which the effort is applied, de, divided by the distance the load travels, dr.