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The exponent is often associated with time in exponential growth and decay
situations. For example, if bacteria in a culture doubles every hour, then the
number of bacteria, n, present after t hours can be represented
by the equation n = i2t, where i is the initial amount of
If the value of an automobile decreases by 20% each year, then the price, p,
of a used car that is t years old can be determined by the equation p=n(0.80)t,
where n is the price of a new car.