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My Diagram (best I can do with ASCII)

Axis-(SPRING)-(MASS)

X-/\/\/\/\/\/\/-[3kg]

a) What is the angular momentum of the system about the fixed end of the spring?

b) What is the total energy of the system? (Assume the potential energy in the spring is zero when the spring is unstretched)

c) Find the minimum distance of the mass from the center of the ellipse.

d) Find the maximum distance of the mass from the center.

e) Find the minimum speed of the object.

I've solved for a-c (3 kg m2/s, 7.75 J, 0.5 m)

I'm really stuck on d. I know that once I find the answer to d I can solve e pretty quickly (I think the minimum speed will be at the maximum distance-so I can use L=3=Iw^2 and then w=v/r to solve for the velocity)

The hint it gave was "Set up equations for the conservation of angular momentum and energy."

It's entirely possible that I just need to do something else and look at this again later and I'll figure it out, but any help would be greatly appreciated.