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From: Mike To: Teacher2Teacher Public Discussion Date: 2004032817:12:54 Subject: Re: 3rd derivative The rate that change changes. Example, the accelleration of the rate of accelleration. The speed of the object in motion accllerates and the rate of accelleration accellerates causing the accelleration graph to move more to the verticle over time. The speed graph becomes a virtural straight verticle line until it approaches the speed of light. At that point the variation in time causes the graph to move horiziontal until the speed of light is acheived when the graph becomes flat to the horizontal. A creative insult is to refer to a person as a 3rd derivative, a "jerk."
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