Students will complete Quiz Switching Representations Exponential Functions in the first half of class. This quiz assesses my students' ability to switch among the 4 representations of exponential functions: numerical, graphical, algebraic and verbal.
In this lesson, I switch the focus from flexible algebraic and graphing work to real life applications of exponential functions. I present each student with a copy of Linear Vs Exponential Growth Task from Illustrative Mathematics as an introduction to modeling with exponential functions. My students have some background with this topic from Algebra 1, so I anticipate that they will be able to complete this task independently.
When they have completed the task, we discuss linear and exponential models and how they differ. We take some notes on essential features of these two function types. Some of the most important