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Session 7: Nonlinear Functions

In the previous two sessions, we looked at linear relationships and developed strategies for solving linear equations. Linear functions are important in mathematics and are usually studied first because linear equations are the easiest to solve. In this session, we'll expand our exploration of functions and relationships to include two types of nonlinear functions: exponential functions and quadratic functions. Note 1

In This Session:

Part A:

Exploring Exponential Functions

Part B:

Exponential Growth

Part C:

Figurate Numbers

Part D:

Quadratic Functions



Learning Objectives

This session explores nonlinear functions. We will:


Become familiar with exponential and quadratic functions


Understand that exponential functions are expressed in constant ratios between successive outputs


Understand that quadratic functions have constant second differences


Work with graphs of exponential and quadratic functions


Explore exponential and quadratic functions in real-life situations

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Throughout the session you will be prompted to view short video segments. In addition to these excerpts, you may choose to watch the full-length video of this session.


Previously Introduced:

New in This Session:


closed-form description
recursive description
independent variable
dependent variable

exponential function
exponential growth function
exponential decay function
quadratic function
constant differences
figurate number

Next > Part A: Exploring Exponential Functions

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