# Comparing Quadratic and Exponential Functions

26 questions

# Comparing Quadratic and Exponential Functions

##### From Least to Greatest

1) List these quantities in order, from least to greatest, without evaluating each expression.

A. $2^{10} \quad \quad$ B. $10^2 \quad \quad$ C. $2^9 \quad \quad$ D. $9^2 \quad \quad$

2) Explain your reasoning.

##### Which One Grows Faster?

Here is Pattern A.

In Pattern A, the length and width of the rectangle grow by one small square from each step to the next.

The number of small squares is a function of the step number, $n$.

3) Write an equation to represent the number of small squares at Step $n$ in Pattern A.

4) Is the function linear, quadratic, or exponential?

Determine $f(n)$, number of small squares, given the step number, $n$.

5) $n \ = \ 0$

6) $n \ = \ 1$

7) $n \ = \ 2$

8) $n \ = \ 3$

9) $n \ = \ 4$

10) $n \ = \ 5$

11) $n \ = \ 6$

12) $n \ = \ 7$

13) $n \ = \ 8$

Here is Pattern B.

In Pattern B, the number of small squares doubles from each step to the next.

The number of small squares is a function of the step number, $n$.

14) Write an equation to represent the number of small squares at Step $n$ in Pattern B.

15) Is the function linear, quadratic, or exponential?

Determine $g(n)$, number of small squares, given the step number, $n$.

16) $n \ = \ 0$

17) $n \ = \ 1$

18) $n \ = \ 2$

19) $n \ = \ 3$

20) $n \ = \ 4$

21) $n \ = \ 5$

22) $n \ = \ 6$

23) $n \ = \ 7$

24) $n \ = \ 8$

25) How would the two patterns compare if they continue to grow? Make 1–2 observations.

##### Comparing Two More Functions

26) Here are two functions: $p(x) = 6x^2$ and $q(x) = 3^x$.

Investigate the output of $p$ and $q$ for different values of $x$. For large enough values of $x$, one function will have a greater value than the other. Which function will have a greater value as $x$ increases?

Support your answer with tables, graphs, or other representations.