College Algebra (10th Edition)

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Chapter 6 - Section 6.3 - Exponential Functions - 6.3 Assess Your Understanding: 89

Answer

$f(x) = 3^x$.

Work Step by Step

RECALL: (1) In the exponential function above, $\dfrac{f(x+1)}{f(x)} = a$ Using the points $(1, 3)$ and $(2, 9)$ and the formula in (1) above, $\dfrac{9}{3}=a \\3 = a$ Thus, the tentative equation of the function is $f(x) = C \cdot 3^x$. To find the value of $C$, use any point on the graph and substitute the x and y values of the point into the tentative equation above. Using the point (1,3) gives: $f(x) = C \cdot 3^x \\3 = C \cdot 3^1 \\3 = C \cdot 3 \\\frac{3}{3} = C \\1 = C$ Thus, the exponential function whose graph is given is $f(x) = 3^x$.
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