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The following questions will gauge your understanding of exponentials and how to graph them.

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The exponential you will be working with for this question is \\[y=\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}.\\]

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a) To find the \$y\$-intercept, substitute \$x=0\$ into the equation: \$y=\\simplify[!collectNumbers,basic]{{a}{b}^0+{c}}=\\simplify[!collectNumbers, basic]{{a}+{c}}=\\var{a+c}\$. Therefore, the \$y\$-intercept is the point \$(0,\\var{a+c})\$.

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b) Substitute \$x=1\$ into the equation: \$y=\\simplify[!collectNumbers, basic]{{a}{b}^1+{c}}=\\var{a*b+c}\$. Therefore, another easily found point is \$(1,\\var{a*b+c})\$.

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c) As \$x\$ gets larger and larger (increases without bound, or approaches infinity) \$y=\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}\$ gets smaller and smaller (decreases without bound, or approaches negative infinity). larger and larger (increases without bound, or approaches infinity).

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d) An asymptote is a line or curve that approaches a given curve arbitrarily closely. Because as \$x\$ gets very small, \$\\simplify{{b}^x}\$ gets close to zero, \$\\simplify{{a}{b}^x}\$ gets close to zero, and \$\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}\$ gets close to \$\\var{c}\$. That is, for the curve \$\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}\$ the smaller \$x\$ gets, the closer \$y\$ gets to \$\\var{c}\$. In other words as \$x\$ approaches negative infinity, \$y\$ approaches \$\\var{c}\$. So the asymptote for \$y=\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}\$ is the line \$y=\\var{c}\$.

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e) Given all the information above, it should be clear that the graph should look like

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The \$y\$-intercept of \$y=\\simplify{{a}{b}^x+{c}}\$ is the point \$\\large(\$[[0]], [[1]]\$\\large)\$.

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Another easily found point on the curve is \${\\large(}1,\$ [[0]]\$\\large)\$.

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As \$x\$ increases without bound,

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