# So far in this course, you have been

So far in this course, you have been investigating the family of linear functions using multiple representations (especially tables, graphs, and equations). In this chapter, you will learn about a new family of functions and the type of growth it models. 5-1. MULTIPLYING LIKE BUNNIES In the book Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck, two good friends named Lenny and George dream of raising rabbits and living off the land. What if their dream came true? Suppose Lenny and George started with two rabbits and that in each month following those rabbits have two babies. Also suppose that every month thereafter, each pair of rabbits has two

babies. Your Task: With your team, determine how many rabbits Lenny and George would have after one year (12 months). Represent this situation with a written description of the pattern of growth, a diagram, and a table. What patterns can you find and how do they compare to other patterns that you have investigated previously? 5-1. MULTIPLYING LIKE BUNNIES What strategies could help us keep track of the total number of rabbits? What patterns can we see in the growth of the rabbit population?

How can we predict the total number of rabbits after many months have passed? 5-2. How can you determine the number of rabbits that will exist at the end of one year? Consider this as you answer the questions below. a) Draw a diagram to represent how the total number of rabbits is growing each month. How many rabbits will Lenny and George have after three months? b) As the number of rabbits becomes larger, a diagram becomes too cumbersome to be useful. A table might work better. Organize your information in a table showing the total number of rabbits for the first several months (at least 6 months). What patterns can you find in your

table? Describe the pattern of growth in words. c) If you have not done so already, use your pattern to determine the number of rabbits that Lenny and George would have after one year (12 months) have passed. d) How does the growth in the table that you created compare to the growth patterns that you have investigated previously? How is it similar and how is it different? 5-3. Lenny and George want to raise as many rabbits as possible, so they have a few options to consider. They could start with a larger number of rabbits, or they could raise a breed of rabbits that reproduces faster. How do you think that each of these options would change the pattern of growth you observed in the previous problem? Which situation might yield the largest rabbit

population after one year? a) To help answer these questions, model each case below with a table for the first five months. Case 2: Start with 10 rabbits; each pair has 2 babies per month. Case 3: Start with 2 rabbits; each pair has 4 babies per month. Case 4: Start with 2 rabbits; each pair has 6 babies per month. b) Which case would appear to give Lenny and George the most rabbits after one year? How many rabbits would they have in that case?

5-4. A NEW FAMILY? Look back at the tables you created in problems 5-1 and 5-3. a) What pattern do they all have in common? Functions that have this pattern are called exponential functions. b) Obtain the Lesson 5.1.1 Resource Page from your teacher or use the 5-4 Student eTool (Desmos). Graph the data for Case 2. Give a complete description of the graph.

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