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Course: College Algebra
Topic: Exponential and Logarithmic Functions
Subtopic: Exponential Functions and Graphs

Overview

Since much of the material in this lesson is review from an intermediate algebra course, our focus here will be to expand on the basic topics, bump-up the level of difficulty, and get exponential functions down really well. As you work through the material, try to do what you can algebraically as well as take advantage of technology where appropriate.

Objectives

By the end of this topic you should know and be prepared to be tested on:

Terminology

Define: exponential function, natural exponential constant "e"

Supplementary Resources

Watch Dr. Albert Bartlett's Arithmetic, Population and Energy video which examines the arithmetic of steady growth in a finite environment. These concepts are applied to populations and to fossil fuels such as petroleum and coal. Although first given over 40 years ago, this presentation is highly recommended.
Eight 10-minute video segments: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8

Want to learn more about e?
e - The Story of a Number
by Eli Maor is great reading!