Exponential Function Teacher Resources

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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.
Students identify the importance of studying exponential decay. In this quadratic functions lesson plan, 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.
Studens identify the properties of exponents. In this algebra lesson, students grapha nd solve equaitons of exponential functions. They add, subtract, multiply and divide using exponents.
Students use properties of exponents to solve equations. In this algebra lesson, students add, subtract, multiply and divide exponential functions. They graph and differentiate between exponential growth and decay.
Students investigate, describe, and predict the effects of parameter changes on the graphs of exponential functions; describe limitations on the domains and ranges of these functions; and examine asymptotic behavior.
What does it mean for something to grow exponentially, and how does that compare to linear growth? This activity tries to help learners gain an understanding of these concepts while modeling real-world problems. Linear and exponential functions are created, compared, and interpreted in relation to the problem. An excellent problem to motivate a deeper understanding of different types of functions. 
Students investigate the concept of exponential functions and how they increase in size over time. They simplify the functions in order to find the solutions that are possible and perform analysis of the curved line that is produced when plotting the coordinates.
How fast does a new car lose its value? Motivate your class to learn more about exponential functions by looking at the rate of depreciation of their favorite car. The activity is a nice lead-in to recursive and geometric sequences, and exponential decay.
Let your class decide which is the better deal. Here is a very basic worksheet that uses two different cash prize set-ups to compare linear and exponential models. The homework assignment focuses on exponential functions in the form of compound interest problems. Be sure to proofread the handout prior to distributing it because it has some minor typographical errors.
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. 
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 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.
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.
Learners collect and analyze data regarding exponential functions of the form y = abx.  Learners explore the affects of changing parameters on the graph of the function. 
Students define exponential functions and graph the equation. In this algebra lesson, students discuss exponential growth and decay as they graph their functions. They differentiate between the base of growth and decay.
Teach your class how to differentiate between linear and exponential functions. They use exponential properties to solve problems, graph them using the TI-Navigator, and make comparisons.
Learners 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.