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Values of 2 x For a list of rational numbers approximating 2
x 1.4 1.41 1.414 1.4142 1.41421 1.414213
2 x 2.639 2.65737 2.66475 2.665119 2.665138 2.665143

Bacterial growth

Suppose a particular population of bacteria is known to double in size every 4 hours. If a culture starts with 1000 bacteria, the number of bacteria after 4 hours is n ( 4 ) = 1000 · 2 . The number of bacteria after 8 hours is n ( 8 ) = n ( 4 ) · 2 = 1000 · 2 2 . In general, the number of bacteria after 4 m hours is n ( 4 m ) = 1000 · 2 m . Letting t = 4 m , we see that the number of bacteria after t hours is n ( t ) = 1000 · 2 t / 4 . Find the number of bacteria after 6 hours, 10 hours, and 24 hours.

The number of bacteria after 6 hours is given by n ( 6 ) = 1000 · 2 6 / 4 2828 bacteria. The number of bacteria after 10 hours is given by n ( 10 ) = 1000 · 2 10 / 4 5657 bacteria. The number of bacteria after 24 hours is given by n ( 24 ) = 1000 · 2 6 = 64,000 bacteria.

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Given the exponential function f ( x ) = 100 · 3 x / 2 , evaluate f ( 4 ) and f ( 10 ) .

f ( 4 ) = 900 ; f ( 10 ) = 24 , 300 .

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Graphing exponential functions

For any base b > 0 , b 1 , the exponential function f ( x ) = b x is defined for all real numbers x and b x > 0 . Therefore, the domain of f ( x ) = b x is ( , ) and the range is ( 0 , ) . To graph b x , we note that for b > 1 , b x is increasing on ( , ) and b x as x , whereas b x 0 as x . On the other hand, if 0 < b < 1 , f ( x ) = b x is decreasing on ( , ) and b x 0 as x whereas b x as x ( [link] ).

An image of a graph. The x axis runs from -3 to 3 and the y axis runs from 0 to 4. The graph is of four functions. The first function is “f(x) = 2 to the power of x”, an increasing curved function, which starts slightly above the x axis and begins increasing. The second function is “f(x) = 4 to the power of x”, an increasing curved function, which starts slightly above the x axis and begins increasing rapidly, more rapidly than the first function. The third function is “f(x) = (1/2) to the power of x”, a decreasing curved function with decreases until it gets close to the x axis without touching it. The third function is “f(x) = (1/4) to the power of x”, a decreasing curved function with decreases until it gets close to the x axis without touching it. It decrases at a faster rate than the third function.
If b > 1 , then b x is increasing on ( , ) . If 0 < b < 1 , then b x is decreasing on ( , ) .

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Note that exponential functions satisfy the general laws of exponents. To remind you of these laws, we state them as rules.

Rule: laws of exponents

For any constants a > 0 , b > 0 , and for all x and y ,

  1. b x · b y = b x + y
  2. b x b y = b x y
  3. ( b x ) y = b x y
  4. ( a b ) x = a x b x
  5. a x b x = ( a b ) x

Using the laws of exponents

Use the laws of exponents to simplify each of the following expressions.

  1. ( 2 x 2 / 3 ) 3 ( 4 x −1 / 3 ) 2
  2. ( x 3 y −1 ) 2 ( x y 2 ) −2
  1. We can simplify as follows:
    ( 2 x 2 / 3 ) 3 ( 4 x −1 / 3 ) 2 = 2 3 ( x 2 / 3 ) 3 4 2 ( x −1 / 3 ) 2 = 8 x 2 16 x −2 / 3 = x 2 x 2 / 3 2 = x 8 / 3 2 .
  2. We can simplify as follows:
    ( x 3 y −1 ) 2 ( x y 2 ) −2 = ( x 3 ) 2 ( y −1 ) 2 x −2 ( y 2 ) −2 = x 6 y −2 x −2 y −4 = x 6 x 2 y −2 y 4 = x 8 y 2 .
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Use the laws of exponents to simplify ( 6 x −3 y 2 ) / ( 12 x −4 y 5 ) .

x / ( 2 y 3 )

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The number e

A special type of exponential function appears frequently in real-world applications. To describe it, consider the following example of exponential growth, which arises from compounding interest in a savings account. Suppose a person invests P dollars in a savings account with an annual interest rate r , compounded annually. The amount of money after 1 year is

A ( 1 ) = P + r P = P ( 1 + r ) .

The amount of money after 2 years is

A ( 2 ) = A ( 1 ) + r A ( 1 ) = P ( 1 + r ) + r P ( 1 + r ) = P ( 1 + r ) 2 .

More generally, the amount after t years is

A ( t ) = P ( 1 + r ) t .

If the money is compounded 2 times per year, the amount of money after half a year is

A ( 1 2 ) = P + ( r 2 ) P = P ( 1 + ( r 2 ) ) .

The amount of money after 1 year is

A ( 1 ) = A ( 1 2 ) + ( r 2 ) A ( 1 2 ) = P ( 1 + r 2 ) + r 2 ( P ( 1 + r 2 ) ) = P ( 1 + r 2 ) 2 .

After t years, the amount of money in the account is

A ( t ) = P ( 1 + r 2 ) 2 t .

More generally, if the money is compounded n times per year, the amount of money in the account after t years is given by the function

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