How to make a good physics graph

Title, your names, date


Plan to plot data (DV) on vertical axis


Put conditions (IV) or time on horizontal


Look at data ranges for each axis: maximum and minimum?


Set up uniform numerical scales (use pencil)


Data should fill at least half the space available


Label each axis, including units


Plot the data, a dot for each ordered pair


Connect data points with straight lines, left to right


If 2 or more data sets, use different colors, label the lines

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