Compare Linear and Exponential Functions

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Ask the class to see if there is a linear function that will always be greater than the exponential one
  • Have individuals compare a wide variety of linear and exponential functions using graphing software
Classroom Considerations

  • The class should know about linear and exponential functions
Pros

  • Allows students to compare functions graphically or with a table 
  • Includes examples of work
Cons

  • None
Common Core