# Is y = 3x^2 an exponential function?

Jun 15, 2015

$y = 3 {x}^{2}$ is not an exponential function

#### Explanation:

$y = 3 {x}^{2}$ is a quadratic function.

To be an exponential function, $x$ must be (or must be a component of the) the power (or exponent) of some base within the function.