Substituting into a table of values gives us:

x `-1` `-0.5` `0` `0.5` `1` `1.5` `2`
y `0.1` `0.316` `1` `3.16` `10` `31.6` `100`

We plot these points to give:

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Graph of `y=10^x`.

Note that the curve passes through `(0, 1)` (on the y-axis). For negative `x`-values, the graph gets very close to the `x`-axis, but doesn't touch it.

This is an exponential growth curve, where the y-value increases and the slope of the curve increases as x increases.

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