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Comparing Linear and Exponential Functions

Activity Overview

Compare data from two different scenarios -- linear and exponential growth.


  • Use a table and a graph to compare the changes in linear and exponential expressions as x is increased
  • Recognize that as x increases, a linear expression increases at a constant rate (additively) while an exponential function increases multiplicatively


  • Linear expression
  • Exponential expression

About the Lesson

This lesson involves comparing data from two different scenarios—linear and exponential growth. As a result, students will:

  • Complete a table involving prize money scenarios.
  • Examine the table for trends in the growth of each prize money scenarios.
  • Examine the graphs to compare the data.