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Gears are mechanisms that mesh together via teeth and are used to transmit rotary motion from one shaft to another. Gears are defined by two important items: radius and number of teeth. They are typically mounted, or connected to other parts, via a shaft or base.

Radius: The gear radius is defined differently depending on the particular section of the gear being discussed. The two most relevant measurements, however, are the root radius and the addendum radius. The root radius is the distance from the center of the gear to the base of the teeth while the addendum radius (also called the "pitch" radius) is the distance from the center of the gear to the outside of the teeth.

Teeth: The teeth are the portion of the gear that makes contact with another gear. In order for two gears to mesh together the pitch must be the same for all mating pairs. The pitch of a gear is the distance between equivalent points of adjacent teeth. When the teeth of gears mesh properly they prevent slipping and can exhibit efficiencies of up to 98%.

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