Cards | 10 |

Focus | Gears |

Topics | Gear Ratio, Gear Trains |

The mechanical advantage (amount of change in speed or torque) of connected gears is proportional to the **number of teeth** each gear has. Called gear ratio, it's the ratio of the number of teeth on the larger gear to the number of teeth on the smaller gear. For example, a gear with 12 teeth connected to a gear with 9 teeth would have a gear ratio of 4:3.

Connected gears of different numbers of teeth are used together to change the **rotational speed** and **torque** of the input force. If the smaller gear drives the larger gear, the speed of rotation will be reduced and the torque will increase. If the larger gear drives the smaller gear, the speed of rotation will increase and the torque will be reduced.