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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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Published by: ezmoreldo on Jan 19, 2013
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Name:__________________ Date:__________ 
Exponential Growth and Decay Lab
Growth
1.
 
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.)
 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.
 
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

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