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Understanding exponential growth is of critical importance in sustainability, resource conservation, and economics. This article provides a rigorous yet accessible introduction to this essential concept. It also provides a selection of practice problems that will help students apply and deepen their understanding of the material.
This article accompanies my lecture presentation "Growth in a Finite World - Sustainability and the Exponential Function" (http://www.slideshare.net/amenning/growth-in-a-finite-world-sustainability-and-the-exponential-function). Also refer to Case Studies for Sustainability Education: Understanding Exponential Growth (http://www.slideshare.net/amenning/exponential-growth-casestudies).