Lesson 4
Evaluating Quadratic and Exponential Functions
 Let’s work fluently with exponents.
4.1: Math Talk: Exponents
Evaluate mentally.
\(4^2\)
\(2^4\)
\(2^6\)
\(4^3\)
4.2: Evaluating and Describing Functions

Different students are evaluating two expressions, \(3\boldcdot 6^x\) and \(5^x\). Analyze their work, describe any errors made, and then evaluate each expression correctly.
Noah’s work Mai’s work corrected work Evaluate \(5^x\) when \(x\) is 6. \(5^x\)
\(5^6\)
30
\(5^x\)
\(5^6\)
\(6 \boldcdot 6 \boldcdot 6 \boldcdot 6 \boldcdot6\)
7,776
Evaluate \(3 \boldcdot 6^x\) when \(x\) is 2. \(3 \boldcdot 6^x\)
\(3\boldcdot 6^2\)
\(3 \boldcdot 12\)
36
\(3 \boldcdot 6^x\)
\(3 \boldcdot 6^2\)
\(18^2\)
324
 Here are three functions. For each function:
 Complete the table of values.
 Sketch a graph.
 Decide whether each function is linear, quadratic, or exponential, and be prepared to explain how you know.
\(f(x)=3 \boldcdot 2^x\)
\(x\) 1 0 1 2 3 5 \(f(x)\) \(g(x)=3 \boldcdot x^2\)
\(x\) 1 0 1 2 3 5 \(g(x)\) \(h(x)=3 \boldcdot 2x\)
\(x\) 1 0 1 2 3 5 \(h(x)\)
4.3: Evaluating Exponential and Quadratic Expressions
For each row, you and your partner will each evaluate an expression. You should each get the same answer in each row. If you disagree, work to reach agreement.
row  Partner A  PartnerB 

1  \(4 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 3  \(2 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 4 
2  \(19 + x^2\) when \(x\) is 9  \(4 \boldcdot x^2\) when \(x\) is 5 
3  \(16 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 0  \(2 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 3 
4  \(\frac12 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 4  \(x^21\) when \(x\) is 3 
5  \(x^2+1\) when \(x\) is 7  \(18+2^x\) when \(x\) is 5 
6  \(4+2^x\) when \(x\) is 4  \(\frac15 x^2\) when \(x\) is 10 
7  \(0.1 x^2\) when \(x\) is 6  \(0.4 x^2\) when \(x\) is 3 
8  \(45 \boldcdot x^2\) when \(x\) is \(\frac13\)  \(10 \boldcdot 2^x\) when \(x\) is 1 
9  \(x^2\) when \(x\) is 4  \(64x^2\) when \(x\) is \(\frac12\) 
10  \(\text2 x^2\) when \(x\) is 3  \(\text2 x^2\) when \(x\) is 3 