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Graphing in Science

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Graphing in Science

D-TAILS is an acronym used to help you remember everything you need to create a successful graph.

- Data covers 50% of the graph area and is accurately placed.

NO!!!

YES!!!

Title

Includes what the graph is about and both the manipulated and responding variables.

Hours of Sleep vs. Quiz Scores

Axis Labels– manipulated variable is always on the x-axis and responding variable is always on the y-axis

Hours of Sleep vs. Quiz Scores

Quiz Scores

Sleep

Interval Marks Consistent spacing and always start at zero!

Hours of Sleep vs. Quiz Scores

100

75

Quiz Scores

50

25

0

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Sleep

Label Units

In ( ) after the axis label, include the proper units (if there are units)

Hours of Sleep vs. Quiz Scores

100

75

Quiz Scores (%)

50

25

0

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Sleep (hrs)

Scale

Always go by an even scale.

Ex: 1,2,3,4

NOT

1,2,4,8

Hours of Sleep vs. Quiz Scores

100

75

Quiz Scores (%)

50

25

0

0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8

Sleep (hrs)

- After drawing the graph, write a data analysis statement:
This graph shows that as mv increases, rv