November 15, 2012

Energy equals absement times yank

Fast forwardCan you name what comes after position, velocity, and acceleration?

LOG#053. Derivatives of position. The Spectrum of Riemannium - a very fun post on a very promising blog dealing with the derivatives and antiderivatives of position.

We do care about jerk in real life: elevators or cars that change acceleration too quickly are unpleasant. I am less certain jounce is of practical concern.

Overall, most of physics seems to happen between triple integrals and double derivatives: beyond that higher derivatives show up mainly as Taylor series. Is this because physics actually does happen at low derivatives, or is it just because we haven't explored it very deeply?

Posted by Anders3 at November 15, 2012 01:39 PM