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Comparing Linear and Exponential Data

Updated on 07/30/2015

Activity Overview

Compare a linear and an exponential relationship.


  • Students will use a table and a graph to compare the changes in linear and exponential expressions as x is increases.
  • Students will recognize that as x increases, a linear expression increases at a constant rate (additively) while an exponential function increases multiplicatively.


  • exponential function

About the Lesson

This lesson involves moving a point that changes the value of x and observing and comparing the values of a linear expression and an exponential expression. As a result, students will:

  • compare linear and exponential expressions, and compare linear and exponential functions.