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Workshop 6 Exponential Functions Lesson Plans
Lesson Plans:

Introduction

Lesson Plan 1: Overrun by Skeeters - Exponential Growth

Lesson Plan 2: Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules
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Lesson Plan 2: Bigger and Smaller - Exponent Rules

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Overview:
This lesson will teach students about several of the rules regarding exponents. It uses a situation from Alice in Wonderland in which Alice's height is doubled or reduced by half depending on what she consumes to introduce negative exponents and the rules for dividing powers.

Time Allotment:
Two 50-minute class periods

Subject Matter:
Rules of exponents

Learning Objectives:
Students will be able to:
  • Understand, and develop a sensibility to, the magnitude of exponential growth.
  • Develop laws of exponents.
  • Define negative exponents.
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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