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y = (1/4)^(x-3)
I will answer the question for both equations. The key to both solutions is to understand what values a positive number raised to a power can be. Your equations both have a positive number, 1/4, raised to some power. No matter what exponent you put on 1/4, the result will NEVER be:
- Zero. (Remember not zero!)
- Negative. (Remember 1/4 to a negative power is not a negative number. Negative exponents just mean reciprocals. And any reciprocal of 1/4 is still positive.)
While 1/4 to some power can never be zero, it can, however, be an extremely small positive fraction (i.e. a very tiny fraction just above zero). 1/4 to very large positive powers will be very small fractions near zero. The larger the exponent, the closer we get to zero. This is how an asymptote works.
where y equals a power of 1/4, y = 0 is a horizontal asymptote.
where y equals a power of 1/4 minus 3, then y = 0-3 = -3 is a horizontal asymptote.