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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