Accession Number:

ADA574893

Title:

Introducing the Exponential Function

Descriptive Note:

Journal article

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF PHYSICS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2006-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

3.0

Abstract:

The exponential function appears in a number of places in introductory physics, such as damped oscillations, radioactive populations, LR and RC circuits, isothermal and adiabatic processes for an ideal gas, and atmospheric pressure as a function of altitude. The purpose of this article is to introduce the exponential function, without using calculus, for the benefit of students in an algebra-based course. The key point is that the exponential is that special function yx whose slope at any point x is equal to the value y of the function at that same point.

Subject Categories:

  • Numerical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE