Questions on Power Functions

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This page contains sample problems on power functions. They are for Self-assessment and Review.

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1. Evaluate the following expressions:

  1. 81/3, 8-1/3

  2. 82/3, 8-2/3

  3. 45/2, 274/3, 16-3/2


2.In the table below you can see the values of three different functions. Two are power functions: one has the form f(t) = at2, while the other has the form f(t) = bt3. The third is an exponential function of the form f(t) = kbt. Which is which and how can you tell?



3. For each of the following, either solve for x or explain why no solution exists. Symbolic answers such as x = 4(1/3) are sought rather than decimal answers such as 1.5874.

  1. 3 x2.2 = 6.

  2. 3 x2.2 = -6.

  3. x -4 = 1.7

  4. x -4 = -1.7

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