# Questions tagged [jerk]

Jerk is the third derivative of displacement with respect to time. It is also the derivative of acceleration with respect to time.

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### What is the meaning of the third derivative printed on this T-shirt?

Don't be a $\frac{d^3x}{dt^3}$ What does it all mean?
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### Why does one experience a short pull in the wrong direction when a vehicle stops?

When you're in a train and it slows down, you experience the push forward from the deceleration which is no surprise since the force one experiences results from good old $F=m a$. However, the moment ...
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### What would happen if $F=m\dot{a}$?

What would happen if instead of $F=m \frac{d^2x}{dt^2}$, we had $F=m \frac{d^3x}{dt^3}$ or higher? Intuitively, I have always seen a justification for $\sim 1/r^2$ forces as the "forces being ...
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### What came first, Rice Crispy or "Snap," "Crackle," and "Pop"? [closed]

The fourth, fifth, and sixth derivatives of position are called "Snap" "Crackle" and "Pop". What came first, the rice crispy characters, or the physics units?
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### Applying energy and momentum conservation to the problem of pulling a bent carpet at a constant speed

Consider this system. A long, thin, pliable carpet is laid on a floor. One end of the carpet is bent back and then pulled backwards with constant speed $v$, just above the part of the carpet ...
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### Is it possible to have a rate of change of acceleration?

I know this may seem a weird question, but it always bothers me. My physics book (Resnick,Halliday,Walker), and also various sites never say anything beyond acceleration. But when a moving body is ...
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### How to brake 'beautifully'?

Sometimes when I'm driving my car, I play a "game" against myself in which I try to minimize the deceleration felt by passengers (including myself) while still braking in a reasonable short space. I ...
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### How do I calculate the distance a ship will take to stop?

I am a River Pilot and drive ships for a living. These ships are very large and range up to 160,000 Metric Tons. I am trying to figure out how to calculate the distance to stopping. I have a basic ...
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### What is the best path for a given initial and final state?

I am trying to calculate an efficient acceleration curve given starting and final positions and velocities. I'm assuming no friction, and that the acceleration can be applied in any direction at any ...
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### Why don't we consider jerk in physics classes? [duplicate]

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 ...
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