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**6.3 Exponential Functions**

MAT SPRING 2009 6.3 Exponential Functions In this section, we will study the following topics: Evaluating exponential functions with base a Graphing exponential functions with base a Evaluating exponential functions with base e Graphing exponential functions with base e

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**Transcendental Functions**

In this chapter, we continue our study of functions with two very important ones— exponential and logarithmic functions. These two functions are types of nonalgebraic functions, known as transcendental functions.

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**So, in an exponential function, the variable is in the exponent.**

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**Exponential Functions**

Which of the following are exponential functions?

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**Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Just as the graphs of all quadratic functions have the same basic shape, the graphs of exponential functions have the same basic characteristics. They can be broken into two categories— exponential growth exponential decay (decline)

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**The Graph of an Exponential Growth Function**

We will look at the graph of an exponential function that increases as x increases, known as the exponential growth function. It has the form Example: f(x) = 2x x f(x) -5 -4 -3 -2 -1 1 2 3 f(x)=2x Notice the rapid increase in the graph as x increases The graph increases slowly for x < 0. y-intercept is (0, 1) Horizontal asymptote is y = 0.

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**The Graph of an Exponential Decay (Decline) Function**

We will look at the graph of an exponential function that decreases as x increases, known as the exponential decay function. It has the form Example: g(x) = 2-x g(x)=2-x x f(x) -3 -2 -1 1 2 3 4 5 Notice the rapid decline in the graph for x < 0. The graph decreases more slowly as x increases. y-intercept is (0, 1) Horizontal asymptote is y = 0.

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**Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Notice that f(x) = 2x and g(x) = 2-x are reflections of one another about the y-axis. Both graphs have: y-intercept (___,___) and horizontal asymptote y = The domain of f(x) and g(x) is _________; the range is _______.

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**Graphs of Exponential Functions**

MAT SPRING 2009 Graphs of Exponential Functions Also, note that , using the properties of exponents. So an exponential function is a DECAY function if The base a is greater than one and the function is written as f(x) = a-x -OR- The base a is between 0 and 1 and the function is written as f(x) = ax

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**Graphs of Exponential Functions**

MAT SPRING 2009 Graphs of Exponential Functions Examples: In this case, a = 0.25 (0 < a < 1). In this case, a = 5.6 (a > 1).

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Look at the following shifts and reflections of the graph of f(x) = 2x. The new horizontal asymptote is y = 3

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Describe the transformation(s) that the graph of must undergo in order to obtain the graph of each of the following functions. State the domain, range and the horizontal asymptote for each. 1.

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Describe the transformation(s) that the graph of must undergo in order to obtain the graph of each of the following functions. State the domain, range and the horizontal asymptote for each. 2.

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Describe the transformation(s) that the graph of must undergo in order to obtain the graph of each of the following functions. State the domain, range and the horizontal asymptote for each. 3.

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**Transformations of Graphs of Exponential Functions**

Describe the transformation(s) that the graph of must undergo in order to obtain the graph of each of the following functions. State the domain, range and the horizontal asymptote for each. 4.

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**Graph using transformations and determine the domain, range and horizontal asymptote.**

B) A) D) C)

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Natural base e It may seem hard to believe, but when working with exponents and logarithms, it is often convenient to use the irrational number e as a base. The number e is defined as This value approaches as x approaches infinity. Check this out using the TABLE on your calculator: Enter and look at the value of y as x gets larger and larger.

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**Evaluating the Natural Exponential Function**

To evaluate the function f(x) = ex, we will use our calculators to find an approximation. You should see the ex button on your graphing calculator (Use ). Example: Evaluate to three decimal places. e-0.5 ≈ ____________ e ≈ _______________

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**Graphing the Natural Exponential Function**

Domain:___________________ Range: ___________________ Asymptote: _______________ x-intercept: _______________ y-intercept: _______________ Increasing/decreasing over ___________ List four points that are on the graph of f(x) = ex.

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**Solving Exponential Equations**

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MAT SPRING 2009

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MAT SPRING 2009 End of Section 6.3

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