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Exponential M&M Growth and Decay Lab

# Exponential M&M Growth and Decay Lab

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A Lab activity to help students discover what exponential growth and decay are. It's for pre-algebra or algebra 1. This is a modified version of a similar lab I found online (I can't remember where) so I don't take credit for the idea. Only the formatting.

A Lab activity to help students discover what exponential growth and decay are. It's for pre-algebra or algebra 1. This is a modified version of a similar lab I found online (I can't remember where) so I don't take credit for the idea. Only the formatting.

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03/09/2014

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Name:__________________ Date:__________
Exponential Growth and Decay Lab
Growth
1.

Gather the data.a.

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.)
c.

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.