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Precalculus: Exponential Dice
by Texas Instruments

Published on August 26, 2011

Objectives

  • Students will analyze data determined by a simulation involving tossing dice.
  • Students will find and analyze exponential growth and decay functions.

Vocabulary

  • exponential decay function
  • exponential growth function
  • half-life
  • doubling time
  • simulation

About the Lesson

This lesson involves using a simulation to generate data that can be modeled by exponential growth and decay functions.

As a result, students will:

  • Determine an exponential function fitting a data set using simulation, exponential regression, and theoretical analysis.
  • Analyze properties of exponential growth and decay functions such as doubling-time and half-life.