My question is very similar to others asking about how to calculate the time to a given distance given a specific acceleration value but I have a little more complexity and thus the reason for asking an additional question.
most of the questions (and answers) wrt acceleration work with a simplified model of acceleration using constant acceleration and follow the formula y=1/2at^2+vt where a is the acceleration, t is time and v is initial velocity. The issue is that in the real world when accelerating or decelerating a large load its difficult (or impossible) to accelerate it at constant acceleration, likewise, once you reach a target velocity there is a lot of momentum in the system that will attempt to continue its acceleration... abruptly stopping this constant acceleration into the system will result in a not insignificant jolt (or jerk as we should call it) into the system. so there is a third order formula for acceleration that allows for curving the acceleration curve (this third element is formally called jerk). The formula I've found to determine the displacement/distance relative to time is: s=1/6jt^3+1/2at^2+vt with the 1/6jt^3 being a new term introduced to account for the jerk smoothing of the acceleration curve. j is the jerk.
My need is to determine the amount of time necessary to cover a given distance given the acceleration, jerk and distance - in other words I just need to refactor the equation to solve for t instead of s.
other similar questions have pointed readers to use the quadratic equation for acceleration questions but If I'm not mistaken its just a bit of a fluke that the normal (constant) acceleration curve fit the ax^2+bx+c formula that works with the quadratic equation and I'm not aware of a way to use a third order equation such as mine into quadratic... or maybe so - i'm not sure - anyway any guidance here would be appreciated.