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This section is an exploration of exponential functions, their uses and their mechanics.

By the end of this section students should be able to:
• Know what it means to ‘grow exponentially’ and identify when things grow exponentially or not.
• Calculate the ‘growth multiplier’ and use it to create a correct exponential growth formula.
• Utilize an exponential growth formula to determine the result of exponential growth or decay after a given time period.
• Understand the differences (and similarities) of exponential growth and decay; specifically to be able to explain the mathematical difference as well as the conceptual difference.
• Solve for unknowns in exponents in an equality.
• Know and utilize the properties of exponents to simplify or expand exponentials as necessary.
• What are exponents?
• How do we interpret negative exponents?
• How do we interpret fractional exponents?
• What kind of models use exponents?