Two skaters, each of mass 85 kg, approach each other along parallel paths separated by 3.5 m. They have equal and opposite velocities of 1.6 m/s. The first skater carries one end of a long pole with negligible mass, and the second skater grabs the other end of it as she passes. Assume frictionless ice. Describe quantitatively the motion of the skaters after they have become connected by the pole. What is their angular speed? I know that to solve this I need to use conservation of angular momentum, but I'm unsure what the moment of inertia is. Would it just be .5MR^2?