Writing Exponential Functions from Word Problems
Writing Exponential Functions from Word Problems

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Lesson 3.9 Word Problems with Exponential Functions
Concept: Characteristics of a function EQ: How do we write and solve exponential functions from real world scenarios? (F.LE.1,2,5) Vocabulary: Growth Factor, Decay Factor, Percent of Increase, Percent of Decrease

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Before we begin…… Imagine that you buy something new that you love (i.e. phone, shoes, clothes, etc.) Later when you no longer want that item, you choose to sell it someone. How would you decide to sell that item? What price do you think would be a fair price? Would you sell that item for the same price as you bought it? Do you think that is fair?

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𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡 𝑓 𝑥 =𝑎 ·𝑏 𝑥 Exponential Growth
Exponential growth occurs when a quantity increases by the same percent r in each time period t. The percent of increase is 100r Remember if b > 1, then you will have growth. Growth rate 𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡 Initial value Growth factor Time Period 𝑓 𝑥 =𝑎 ·𝑏 𝑥 3.4.2: Graphing Exponential Functions

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Exponential Money Growth
Exponential Growth Exponential Decay Exponential Money Growth Step 1: Write the formula you’re using. Step 2: Substitute the needed quantities into your formula. Step 3: Evaluate the formula. Step 4: Interpret your answer. 𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡 𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡 𝐴=𝑃 (1+𝑟) 𝑛

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Example 1 A population of 40 pheasants is released in a wildlife preserve. The population doubles each year for 3 years. What is the population after 4 years?

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growth factor = 1 + r = 2 (doubles); r = 1
Example 1 Step 1: Write the formula you’re using. 𝐲=𝑪 𝟏+𝒓 𝒕 Step 2: Substitute the needed quantities into your formula. initial value = C = 40 growth factor = 1 + r = 2 (doubles); r = 1 years = t = 4 𝑦=𝐶 1+𝑟 𝑡 𝑦=

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After 4 years, the population will be about 640 pheasants.
Example 1 (continued) Step 3: Evaluate. 𝑦= 𝑦=640 Step 4: Interpret your answer. After 4 years, the population will be about 640 pheasants.

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You Try 1 Use the exponential growth model to answer the question.
𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡 1. A population of 50 pheasants is released in a wildlife preserve. The population triples each year for 3 years. What is the population after 3 years?

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Exponential Growth (Money)
When dealing with money, they change the letters used for the variables slightly. A stands for account balance, P stands for the initial value, while n stands for number of years. The percent of increase is 100r Remember if b > 1, then you will have growth. Growth rate 𝐴=𝑃 (1+𝑟) 𝑛 Initial value Growth factor Time Period 𝑓 𝑥 =𝑎 ·𝑏 𝑥 3.4.2: Graphing Exponential Functions

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Example 2 A principal of \$600 is deposited in an account that pays 3.5% interest compounded yearly. Find the account balance after 4 years.

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Example 2 Step 1: Write the formula you’re using. 𝐀=𝑷 𝟏+𝒓 𝒏
𝐀=𝑷 𝟏+𝒓 𝒏 Step 2: Substitute the needed quantities into your formula. initial value = P = \$600 growth rate = r = 3.5% = .035 years = n = 4 𝐴=𝑃 1+𝑟 𝑛 𝐴=600 (1+.035) 4

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Example 2 Step 3: Evaluate. 𝐴=600 (1.035) 4 𝐴≈688.514
Step 4: Interpret your answer. The balance after 4 years will be about \$

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You Try 2 Use the exponential growth model to find the account balance. 𝐴=𝑃 (1+𝑟) 𝑛 A principal of \$450 is deposited in an account that pays 2.5% interest compounded yearly. Find the account balance after 2 years.

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You Try 3 Use the exponential growth model to find the account balance. 𝐴=𝑃 (1+𝑟) 𝑛 A principal of \$800 is deposited in an account that pays 3% interest compounded yearly. Find the account balance after 5 years.

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𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡 𝑓 𝑥 =𝑎 ·𝑏 𝑥 Exponential Decay
Exponential decay occurs when a quantity decreases by the same percent r in each time period t. The percent of decrease is 100r Remember if 0 < b < 1, then you will have decay. Decay rate 𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡 Initial value Decay factor Time Period 𝑓 𝑥 =𝑎 ·𝑏 𝑥 3.4.2: Graphing Exponential Functions

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Example 3 You bought a used truck for \$15,000. The value of the truck will decrease each year because of depreciation. The truck depreciates at the rate of 8% per year. Estimate the value of your truck in 5 years.

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Step 1: Write the formula you’re using.
Example 3 Step 1: Write the formula you’re using. 𝒚=𝑪 𝟏−𝒓 𝒕 Step 2: Substitute the needed quantities into your formula. initial value = C = \$15,000 decay rate = r = 8% = .08 years = t = 5 𝑦=𝐶 1−𝑟 𝑡 𝑦=15000 (1−.08) 5

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Example 3 Step 3: Evaluate. Step 4: Interpret your answer.
𝑦=15000 (.92) 5 𝑦≈9,886.22 Step 4: Interpret your answer. The value of your truck in 5 years will be about \$9,886.22

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You Try 4-5 Use the exponential decay model to find the account balance. 𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡 4. Use the exponential decay model in example 3 to estimate the value of your truck in 7 years. 5. Rework example 3 if the truck depreciates at the rate of 10% per year.

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Annual Percent of Increase/Decrease
The annual percent of increase or decrease comes from the Growth and Decay factors of the exponential formulas Identify the growth and decay factors in the formula. 𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡 𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡

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Annual Percent of Increase or Decrease
Exponential Growth Exponential Decay Step 1: Identify if the function is a growth or a decay. Step 2: Write the factor from the corresponding exponential formula and set it equal to the base. Growth: 1 + r = base Decay: 1 – r = base Step 3: Solve the formula for r. Step 4: Find the percent of increase or decrease. Use your answer from step 3 and plug it into 100r. Growth factor Decay factor 𝑦=𝐶 (1−𝑟) 𝑡 𝑦=𝐶 (1+𝑟) 𝑡

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Annual Percent of Increase
Example 4: Find the annual percent of increase or decrease that f(x) = 2(1.25)x models Step 1: Identify if it’s a growth or a decay. Since the base (1.25) is greater than 1, it’s a growth. Step 2: Look at the growth factor from the exponential formula: 1 + r and set it equal to the base 1 + r = 1.25 Step 3: Solve the formula for r r = 1.25 r = .25 Step 4: Find the percent of increase. So substitute your value for r into 100r (.25) = 25 The percent of increase is 25%

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Annual Percent of Decrease
Example 5: Find the annual percent of increase or decrease that f(x) = 3(0.80)x models Step 1: Identify if it’s a growth or a decay. Since the base (0.80) is less than 1, it’s a decay. Step 2: Look at the decay factor from the exponential formula: 1 – r and set it equal to the base 1 – r = r = 0.80 Step 3: Solve the formula for r – r = -.20 r = .20 Step 4: Find the percent of decrease. So substitute your value for r into 100r (.20) = 20 The percent of decrease is 20%

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Annual Percent of Decrease
Example 5: Find the annual percent of increase or decrease that f(x) = 3(0.80)x models Step 1: Identify if it’s a growth or a decay. Since the base (0.80) is less than 1, it’s a decay. Step 2: Look at the decay factor from the exponential formula: 1 – r and set it equal to the base 1 – r = 0.80 Step 3: Solve the formula for r — r = .20 Step 4: The percent of decrease is 100r, so substitute r for .20 The percent of increase is 20%

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You Try 6-8 Find the annual percent of increase or decrease that the given exponential functions model. 6. 𝑓 𝑥 =3 (.54) 𝑥 7. 𝑓 𝑥 =2 (1.35) 𝑥 8. 𝑓 𝑥 =4 (.67) 𝑥

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