The Basics of Graphs and Charts

September 10, 2016

 

 

Graphs and charts communicate information visually. They can show patterns, help scientists identify correlations, and get the point of the experiment across quickly.

  • Typically, the independent variable is plotted on the x-axis

  • The dependent variable is plotted on the y-axis.

The mnemonic DRY MIX, for “dependent, responding, y-axis” and “manipulated, independent, x-axis,” can help students remember this point.

Let’s look at the different types of graphs and which types of data are best represented by each.

 

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