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Problem: An ice skater is spinning with her arms extended out at her sides. She folds in her arms. Explain what happens to her total kinetic energy, moment of inertia, angular speed, and angular momentum in doing so.

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Kinetic energy:

KE=12Iω2

Angular momentum:

L=I·ω

Moment of inertia will decrease.

From the conservation of momentum theory, Angular momentum is conserved if no external torque acts on the system.

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An ice skater is spinning with her arms extended out at her sides. She folds in her arms. Explain what happens to her total kinetic energy, moment of inertia, angular speed, and angular momentum in doing so.

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