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## Lesson 30: Exponential Functions

** Description:**Beginning with a formal definition of an exponential function, the lesson then compares the graphs of increasing and decreasing exponential functions. A comparison between exponential and power functions follows, which leads to methods for determining the h value in the power function h(x) = kx^p and the value of the base b in the exponential function f(x) = ab^x. A procedure for solving exponential equations is presented before a population application problem is solved. The lesson concludes with a discussion about using graphs to find approximate solutions to exponential equations.

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**Subject(s):**- Mathematics
- Mathematics > Algebra

**Educational Level(s):**- College & Beyond

**Instructional Component Type(s):**- Curriculum: Lesson Plan

- From: San Diego Area Knowledge Exchange for Developmental Math (SAKE)
- Contributed By: SAKE Owner SAKE Owner

Beginning with a formal definition of an exponential function, the lesson then compares the graphs of increasing and decreasing exponential functions. A comparison between exponential and power functions follows, which leads to methods for determining the h value in the power function h(x) = kx^p and the value of the base b in the exponential function f(x) = ab^x. A procedure for solving exponential equations is presented before a population application problem is solved. The lesson concludes with a discussion about using graphs to find approximate solutions to exponential equations.