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Precalculus: Exponential Dice

by Texas Instruments


  • Students will analyze data determined by a simulation involving tossing dice.
  • Students will find and analyze exponential growth and decay functions.
  • Students will model with mathematics.
  • Students will try to make a connection with how to understand these topics in IB Mathematics courses and on their final assessments.


  • 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:

  • Apply this information to real world situations by fitting a function to data using simulation, regression and theoretical analysis, and analyzing properties of growth and decay functions (i.e. doubling and half-life).