Exponential graphs (Higher)

Exponential graphs are graphs in the form y = k^x. These graphs increase rapidly in the y direction and will never fall below the x-axis.

An exponential graph will look like this:

Exponential graph showing y = k to the power of x


Let's look at y = 2^x

  • when x = -2, y = 2^{-2} = 0.25
  • when x = -1, y = 2^{-1} = 0.5
\text{y = 2}^x0.250.512481632

Plotting these points, we can see the steep increase in the graph in the y direction.

A line graph with a curve from x-2, y0 to x5, y32.