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Rotational Kinetic Energy Physics Problem

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A light string that is attached to a large block of mass 4m passes over a pulley with negligible rotational inertia and is wrapped around a vertical pole of radius r, as shown below. The system is released from rest, and as the block descends the string unwinds and the vertical pole with its attached apparatus rotates. The apparatus consists of a horizontal rod of length 2L, with a small block of mass m attached at each end. The rotational inertia of the pole and the rod are negligible.

D. When the large block has descended a distance D, how does the instantaneous total kinetic energy of the three blocks compare to that in part (C), Greater, Equal, or Less?

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