When I got more into physics, I started asking myself if just like acceleration represents the growth of speed, something else could also represent the growth of acceleration itself. And it came that is exists and is called jerk. Before I thought about this, I thought that acceleration was the highest derivative that made sense on physics.
My question is, why can we perform accurate calculations without account for jerk? I never needed it in a single physics class! I've also read that it is seldom used.
Also, while position, speed and acceleration seem familiar to me due to everyday experience, why doesn't jerk seem familiar to me? I never tell someone when driving a car "you're jerking too much", whereas I could say "you are accelerating too much".
Is it that jerk has little influence because it is almost constant? Even if it is not, what about higher order derivatives? Why don't derivatives higher than acceleration have much influence on calculations? We perform a lot of reasoning in everyday life without resorting to it!