Exponential Growth and Decay

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  • Lesson Video
  • Example Set A Practice Problems (Video Solutions)
  • Example Set B Practice Problems (Video Solutions)
  • Example Set C Practice Problems (Video Solutions)
  • DOWNLOAD the Practice Problem Worksheet Here (the videos below explain the solutions to the problems)

Exponential growth and decay is just a description on how something grows or decays overtime. Example, lets say you have two rabbits and they have babies and their babies have babies and so forth- it wont be long until you have a backyard full of rabbits- can you say Bugs Bunny!  This kind of “explosive” growth is called exponential growth in algebra.  Likewise a very slow decay like that of radioactive material decaying away is called exponential “decay”.  For algebra 1 students you just need to know that exponential functions are different from linear functions.  Linear functions can model things that grow in a straight way like time and age.  The graphs below are models of exponential functions- you want to remember these..good luck!