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Teacher professional development and classroom resources across the curriculum

 Lesson Plans: Introduction Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth Lesson Plan 2: Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules

Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth

Overview:
This lesson provides students with an introduction to exponential functions. The class first explores the world population since 1650. Students then conduct a simulation in which a population grows at a random yet predictable rate. Both situations are examples of exponential growth.

Time Allotment:
Two 50-minute class periods

Subject Matter:
Exponential functions

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
• Compare and contrast linear and exponential functions.
• Use a simulation to explore population growth.
• Describe the graphs of exponential functions.
Standards:

Principles and Standards for School Mathematics, National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM), 2000.

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 6-8
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter6/alg.htm

NCTM Algebra Standard for Grades 9-12
http://standards.nctm.org/document/chapter7/alg.htm

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