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Math Example--Exponential Concepts--Exponential Functions in Tabular and Graph Form: Example 41

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# Math Example--Exponential Concepts--Exponential Functions in Tabular and Graph Form: Example 41

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Exponential Functions

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This math example showcases the exponential function y = -1 * e^{-x} through a table of x-y coordinates and a corresponding graph. The table lists values for x ranging from -2 to 2, illustrating how the function's output changes as x increases. The graph provides a visual representation of this exponential decay function with a negative coefficient, emphasizing its unique shape and behavior.

Exponential functions with negative exponents and coefficients are crucial in mathematics and have wide-ranging applications in fields such as physics, engineering, and economics. This collection of examples aids in teaching the topic by presenting students with various representations of exponential functions, allowing them to observe how different parameters affect the function's behavior. By examining both tabular and graphical forms of functions with negative components, students can develop a deeper understanding of how these elements impact the overall shape and direction of the curve.

The importance of studying multiple worked-out examples cannot be overstated when learning about complex exponential functions. Each example in this set highlights a different aspect of exponential functions, helping students recognize patterns and understand how changes in the sign of the coefficient and exponent impact the function's graph and values. This variety of examples reinforces the concept and helps students build a more intuitive grasp of exponential behavior, preparing them to tackle more complex problems and real-world applications involving exponential decay and growth in various directions.

Teacher Script: "Now, let's analyze the function y = -1 * e^{-x}. Notice how this function decreases as x increases, but approaches zero without ever reaching it. The negative coefficient flips the graph vertically, while the negative exponent causes the function to decay rather than grow. Compare this to our previous exponential growth functions. How does the combination of a negative coefficient and negative exponent affect the graph's shape and orientation? Can you think of any real-world phenomena that might be modeled by this type of function?"

For a complete collection of math examples related to Exponential Functions click on this link: __Math Examples: Exponential Functions Collection.__

Common Core Standards | CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.IF.C.7.E, CCSS.Math.CONTENT.HSF.LE.A.2, CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.HSF.LE.B.5 |
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Grade Range | 9 - 12 |

Curriculum Nodes |
Algebra• Exponential and Logarithmic Functions• Graphs of Exponential and Logarithmic Functions |

Copyright Year | 2015 |

Keywords | function, graphs of exponential functions, exponential function tables |