Study Guide:    Exponential Growth and Decay

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Essential Mathematics and Statistics for Science, 2nd Edition
   Graham Currell and Antony Dowman, Wiley-Blackwell, 2009

This study unit aims to develop the skills for handling simple calculations in science involving exponential growth and decay. This is achieved by references given to sections and pages in the study text, Essential Mathematics and Statistics for Science, plus associated QVA tutorials - questions with video worked answers.

This new Study Guide is in the process of development - any comments, corrections or suggestions welcome - graham.currell@uwe.ac.uk

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See also: Study Guide on Logarithms and Exponentials

Growth and Decay: Nt = N0(g)t/T
Study Text: Sections 5.2.1, 5.2.2, p128
QVA tutorial

General equation: Nt = N0ekt
Study Text: Sections 5.2.5, p137
QVA tutorial

Comparing: Nt = N0ekt and Nt = N0(g)t/T
Study Text: Sections 5.2.3, 5.2.4, p132
QVA tutorial

Linearization of exponential growth/decay  (in development)
Study Text: Sections 5.2.6, p140
QVA tutorial