exponential function


exponential function

noun

Definition of EXPONENTIAL FUNCTION

:  a mathematical function in which an independent variable appears in one of the exponents —called also exponential

First Known Use of EXPONENTIAL FUNCTION

1879

exponential function

noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

In mathematics, a function in which a constant base is raised to a variable power. Exponential functions are used to model changes in population size, in the spread of diseases, and in the growth of investments. They can also accurately predict types of decline typified by radioactive decay (see half-life). The essence of exponential growth, and a characteristic of all exponential growth functions, is that they double in size over regular intervals. The most important exponential function is ex, the inverse of the natural logarithmic function (see logarithm).

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