Exponential Growth and Decay Lab
Gather the data.a.
Start with 2 M&Ms in the cup.b.
Shake the cup and pour the M&Ms onto the paper plate. Count the number of M&Msthat have the M showing. (Be careful with the yellow M&M
s. It’s hard to see the M.)
Add two new M&Ms for each one with an M showing. Record the total number of M&Msin the table below. (Trial #1 is thestarting 2, continue with #2.)d.
Repeat steps b & c, recording thenew total each time, until there are7 trials on the table.2.
Graph the data: Create a scatter plotwith the trial # on the bottom (x) andthe total number of M&Ms on the side(y).3.
Answer the following questions:a.
Can you figure out an algebraic formula to represent this situation? (use x to representthe number of trials and use y to represent the total number of M&Ms.)b.
Predict the number of M&Ms if you were to complete 9 trials.Trial # Numberof M&Ms1234567