This help area is just a guide for graphing it will not replace all the lessons about graphing that will be taught in class.
GRAPHING IS PART OF LABS IN SCIENCE CLASS. THE LIST BELOW IS SOME BASIC GUIDELINES TO HELP YOU HAVE A SUCCESSFUL GRAPH ON YOUR LAB.
1) ALL GRAPHS SHOULD BE PART OF THE ANALYSIS SECTION OF YOUR LAB. GRAPHING CAN BE LOOKED AT AS CREATING A “PICTURE” OF YOUR DATA. SO, GOOD GRAPHING STARTS WITH GOOD DATA COLLECTED IN CLASS THAT IS USUALLY IN RECORDED IN A DATA TABLE, DURING LABS/
2) SELECT THE BEST GRAPH TO DISPLAY YOUR DATA.
THIS IS USED TO SHOW RELATIONSHIPS BETWEEN GROUPS
A line graph is used to show continuing data. It's clear to see how things are going by the rises and falls in a line graph
A pie graph is used to show how a part of something relates to the whole.
3) BE SURE TO SET UP THE GRAPH CORRECTLY.
DO YOU HAVE A TITLE? (INDEPENDENT vs. DEPENDANT VARIABLE)
DO YOU HAVE A PROPER SCALE FOR YOUR GRAPH? (SCALE SHOULD REFLECT THE RANGE OF NUMBERS THAT YOU WILL BE GRAPHING)
IS YOUR GRAPH ORGANIZED AND DID USE A RULER? (USING MICROSOFT EXCEL IS ACCEPTABLE WITH THE TEACHERS PERMISSION, HOWEVER YOU NEED TO PROVE YOU CAN GRAPH ON PAPER FIRST)
SOME MORE HELP SITES
Good general graphing site
This site will actually help you build a graph on-line then you can print a copy