In this video, we are going to look at exponential growth.

For a graph to demonstrate exponential growth, the coefficient, *a*, must be positive, and the base of the exponent, *b*, must be greater than 1. The graph will follow a path that curves upward to the right. These graphs grow by a factor, as opposed to a constant value.

For example:

The graph of

curves upward after plotting points as shown in the video, and demonstrates exponential growth. This graph grows by a factor of 1.2.

When comparing a linear graph to an exponential growth graph, as more time goes on, the exponential growth tends to grow by larger quantities than the linear growth.

## Video-Lesson Transcript

Let’s go over exponential growth.

The basic exponential function is

In exponential growth, is always positive and .

If we look at the exponential growth graph, it will look like this.

Where each point is some fact greater than the next one.

For example:

then

Let’s see what this table looks like.

Let’s get a financial calculator to solve this.

So when , ,

when , ,

and when , .

So the question is how do we get to these points?

Each time we’re just multiplying by .

So , then , and then .

The next point is .

Each time we multiply by . It multiplies by the constant .

It’s not going up by a said amount. Here, the increase in values are increasing in itself.

Whereas when we have a linear graph, it goes up at a constant rate each time.

Here, the jump in values are linearly. The increase or decrease is the same in the entire time.

Just to recap, exponential growth has an as exponent for it to be exponential, growth is a positive number greater than .

Very important:

Exponential growth grows by a factor.

So you keep on multiplying by a certain number to get a new value.

An example is a compound interest. Each month money may grow by or some value compared to the previous one.

Whereas, linear growth grows by a constant value.

So instead of growing by a certain percentage, it will always grow by a certain amount.

For example, your money grows by each month.

On the other hand, exponential growth may grow your money depending on the percentage.

Let’s look at an example:

Two Savings Accounts

initially

a) annually

b) annually

Let’s start with savings account b where money grows by annually.

Year or initally, we have .

Then year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

and year , we have .

Now, let’s do savings account a where it grows annually.

Year or initally, we have .

Then year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

year , we have ,

Take note that the previous amount grows by . So we add the increase to the previous amount to get the new value.

Savings account b still looks further ahead.

Let’s make an equation for this.

Let’s compare it to the one that grows every year.

So far, we have no increase of more than .

From year to , we have a growth. But still not there yet.

After years, we have an growth.

At year , the difference is .

From year to , it grew by almost .

From year to , it grew by .

It grows slower, depending on the numbers you’re comparing it to. But after a said amount of time, it will grow by a much greater rate. And will eventually pass the other one.

What if we have an increase?

So right off the bat, it improved by .

Then at year , it grew by more than .

From year to , it improved by .

The compound interest or exponential growth will quickly pass the linear growth.

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