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Derivatives of Position – Jerk – Sticker


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The Derivatives of Position Sticker lets you to show off your physics knowledge. We all know someone who is a jerk (time derivative of acceleration).

Where is the jerk?

You’re probably familiar with the idea of taking derivatives to find velocity and acceleration.  You know that the acceleration is the rate at which the velocity changes.  If you apply that idea, you can see that the jerk is the time rate of change of the acceleration, or how quickly the acceleration changes.  Continuing with this pattern, the jounce is the rate of change of the jerk, the flounce is the rate of change of the jounce, and the pounce is the rate of change of the jounce.

Sticker Information

These stickers are printed on durable, high opacity adhesive vinyl which makes them perfect for regular use, as well as for covering other stickers or paint. The high-quality vinyl ensures there are no bubbles when applying the stickers.

• High opacity film that’s impossible to see through

• Fast and easy bubble-free application

• Durable vinyl, perfect for indoor use

• 95µ density

Don’t forget to clean the surface before applying the sticker.

Additional Information

This combination of terms isn’t the only way to describe these derivatives.  Some folks follow the pattern position, velocity, acceleration, jerk, snap, crackle, pop.  I’m not sure which is funnier.  Where else do you get to use the word flounce?

The minimization of jerk is important in systems that experience acceleration.  Engineers try to make acceleration as smooth as possible.  The article below goes into some of these details.

David Eager et al 2016 Eur. J. Phys. 37 065008

Beyond velocity and acceleration: jerk, snap and higher derivatives

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