# Characteristics of Exponential Functions

we call functions like this "exponential" because

*x*is in the exponentWhen you put your money in the bank… of course it matters.

In the big scheme of things there is no difference as long as we take a number greater than one and keep multiplying it with itself repeatedly we see a similar curve:

in other words: the straight green line (linear) is above the blue (exponential) curve