# Why is it harder for an ice skater to spin with his arms stuck out as opposed to tucked in?

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## Why is it harder for an ice skater to spin with his arms stuck out as opposed to tucked in?

Moment of inertia depends on both the mass of an object and on how that mass is distributed. The farther from the axis of rotation the mass is located, the larger the moment of inertia. So your moment of inertia is smaller when your arms are held at your sides and larger when your arms are extended straight out.

## What happens if a spinning ice skater brings her arms in closer to her body?

A figure skater spins, with her arms outstretched, with angular velocity of ωi. When she moves her arms close to her body, she spins faster. Her moment of inertia decreases, so her angular velocity must increase to keep the angular momentum constant.

## What can we say about the skater’s initial and final rotational kinetic energies?

Second, the final kinetic energy is much greater than the initial kinetic energy. The increase in rotational kinetic energy comes from work done by the skater in pulling in her arms. This work is internal work that depletes some of the skater’s food energy.

## Why do ice skaters tuck their arms?

## Why does the ice skater twirls faster and faster as she retracts her arms closer to her body?

When the hands and legs are brought close to the rotational axis, the rotational inertia decreases thereby increasing the skaters angular velocity as per the conservation of angular momentum. Increase in angular velocity implies increase in the kinetic energy.

## When a figure skater pulls her arms closer to her body during a spin she revolves faster what principle is the skater using?

The principle of the conservation of angular momentum holds that an object’s angular momentum will stay the same unless acted upon by an outside force. This explains why a figure skater spins faster when she tucks her arms in close to her body.

## Why a dancer spins faster when her arms are folded due to?

This is due to. constant angular momentum and increase in KE.

## When a rotating figure skater extends her arms during a spin what happens?

For example, when the skater extends her arms outwards, increasing twofold the moment of inertia, the velocity of her spin also decreases twofold. While tucking her arms in, she decreases the moment of inertia significantly and thus gains high rotational velocity.

## When a spinning skater pulls in her arms?

My teacher used the classic example of a figure skater spinning on ice – when she pulls her arms in, her angular momentum is conserved and her angular velocity increases, meaning that her rotational kinetic energy also increases.

## When a spinning figure skater pulls?

This is the result of conservation of angular momentum. As the skater reduces her moment of inertia by pulling her arms and legs in, closer to the axis of rotation, her angular speed increases to order to maintain constant angular momentum.

## What happens to her angular speed when she pulls her arms in?

When she pulls her arms in, her rotational inertia is reduced. Since there is no external net torque on the ice skater, her angular momentum remains constant because her angular velocity magnitude increases.

## Why an ice skater stretches out arms and legs during performance?

During the course of their performance, an ice skater, a ballet dance or an acrobat take angular of the principle of conservation of angular momentum (i.e Iω= constant), by stretching out arms and legs or vice-versa. On doing so, their moment of inertia increases/decreases.

## What is the hardest move to do in ice skating?

According to figure skating historian James Hines, the Axel is figure skating’s most difficult jump. It is the only basic jump in competition that takes off forward, which makes it the easiest jump to identify. Skaters commonly perform a double or triple Axel, followed by a jump of lower difficulty in combination.

## Why does a dancer on ice spin faster when she hold her arms?

This is due to. constant angular momentum and increase in KE.

## Why is it difficult to stand still in an ice skating?

prescens of very low friction;low friction makes it harder for skates to make grip over the ice and hence we may fall…