Problem:
Given the following table of U.S. population:

YearPopulation
(thousands)
17903929
18005308
18107240
18209638
183012861
184017063
185023192
186031443
[Extracted from the Census Bureau WWW site.]

find and graph the exponential model which best approximates the data.


Visualization:
Using TI-86 graphing calculator:

Constructed with the help of Chris O'Brien.