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A student sits on a rotating stool holding two 3.4kg objects. When his arms are extended horizontally, the objects are 1.0 m from the axis of rotation and he rotates with an angular speed of 0.75 rad/s. The moment of inertia of the student plus stool is 3.0 kg ยท m2 and is assumed to be constant. The student then pulls in the objects horizontally to 0.45 m from the rotation axis.
(a) Find the new angular speed of the student. (rad/s)
(b) Find the kinetic energy of the student before and after the objects are pulled in.
before(J)
after(J)

Physics 
Jennifer,
Use conservation of momentum
Initial momentum:
The momentum of inertia of the objects the students is m*r^2
(3.0 + 3.4*1^2 + 3.4*1^2)*wi = (3.0 + 3.4*.45^2 + 3.4*.45^2)*wf
where wi = 0.75 is the initial angular momentum, and wf is the final angular momentum. Solve for wf
b) Kinetic energy = 1/2*I*w^2
Initial kinetic energy is
(3.0 + 3.4*1^2 + 3.4*1^2)*wi^2
Final kinetic energy is
(3.0 + 3.4*.45^2 + 3.4*.45^2)*wf^2