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Playing with matches (unlit, of course) becomes an engaging learning experience in this fun instructional unit. Teach pupils how to apply properties of exponential functions to solve problems. They differentiate between quadratic and exponential functions in a series of hands-on lessons that include worksheets, assessments, and answer keys.
High schoolers graph exponential equations and solve application problems using exponential functions. They re-enact a story about a peasant worker whose payment for services is rice grains doubled on a checker board. They place M & Ms on a checkerboard and mark the number on a graph. They double the number for each space on the board and create a graph of the data.
Students graph exponential equations of the form y=Ma. They understand the effects of M, a, and k on the graph. They solve application problems using exponential functions.
Studens identify the properties of exponents. In this algebra lesson plan, students grapha nd solve equaitons of exponential functions. They add, subtract, multiply and divide using exponents.
Paper folding, flu spreading in a school, bacteria growth, and continuously compounded interest all provide excellent models to study exponential functions. This is a comprehensive resource that looks at many different aspects of these applications including creating tables, graphs, and equations. Use part or all of this great resource. 
Students investigate exponential functions.  In this Algebra II/Pre-calculus lesson students find an exponential model from a set of data.  Students investigate the affects of changing parameters have on the graph of an exponential function. 
What can an upper grader do with an exponential function? They can solve and graph it, identify its important characteristic, and differentiate graphs based on shifts in graph bases that are greater or less than one. This 45 minute activity covers all the fun exponential functions can be.
High schoolers define exponential functions and graph the equation. In this algebra activity, students discuss exponential growth and decay as they graph their functions. They differentiate between the base of growth and decay.
Students solve quadratic and exponential functions. In this algebra lesson, students investigate the relationship of exponential growth and decay as it related to the real world.
Students solve problems containing quadratic and exponential functions. In this algebra lesson, students use properties of exponents to solve exponential functions using properties of multiplication and division.
Students construct computer models of a number of Exponential Functions in order to extend their understanding that anything raised to the zero power is one. They graph the function using spreadsheet software. They complete follow up activities an Internet site.
Eleventh graders explore the exponential function characterized by a bouncing ball.   In this Algebra II lesson, 11th graders collect and analyze data as they examine the rebound height of a bouncing ball.  Students explore the exponential relationship between the bounce number and the maximum height that the bounce reaches. 
Learners investigate the height of different size and shape of balls as they are bounced. In this algebra lesson, students use the idea of quadratics to find the rebound height of each ball and the rate at which they bounce.
Students investigate exponential growth and decay.  In this exponential growth and decay lesson plan, students plot data on the cooling of a hot cup of coffee and the interest on a principal amount.  Students discuss how various b-values affect the shape of the graph.  Students make a scatter plot of exponential data and find a model to fit the data.
Tenth graders study graphing exponential functions. In this transformations lesson plan, 10th graders apply inquiry to determine how changes to a parent function affect its graph. Students analyze transformed graphs and generate the function that matches the graph given the equation of the parent function.
Young scholars solve quadratic and exponential functions. In this algebra instructional activity, students factor quadratic equations and find the roots of the problem. They apply properties of exponents to solve growth and decay.
In this Algebra II review:  exponential functions and logarithms activity, students solve 19 problems, including making graphs, simplifying and evaluating.
Here is a solid lesson for differentiating types of functions: linear, exponential, and quadratic. Mathematicians work in groups to create a table of values for a function that they are given. They graph the assigned function and compare it to others. Finally, each presents their graph to the rest of the class so that the graphs can be placed into families of functions. In order to meet Common Core standards, make sure to draw their attention to the functions that result in linear graphs. Internet links and additional materials are provided to make teaching this concrete lesson a breeze.
Students identify the importance of studying exponential decay. In this quadratic functions lesson, students simulate radioactive decay in small groups. Students also present the results found in the investigation and explain why an exponential decay function is an exponential function.
High Schoolers explore the concept of exponential reflections. They use their Ti-Nspire to reflect the natural logarithm function over the line y=x. Students repeat the process using different exponential functions using a slider.

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