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Chemistry: 1,001 Practice Problems For Dummies by Richard H. Langley, Heather Hattori

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Chapter 15

Graphing Basics

Graphs are a visual means of summarizing data. A good graph gives more information than a simple table of x and y values. Bad graphs can be very misleading. Scientists need to be able to transmit information in the form of good graphs.

The Problems You’ll Work On

In this chapter, you work with graphing basics in the following ways:

check.png Identifying parts of a graph

check.png Determining graph scales

check.png Drawing and interpreting graphs

check.png Predicting values

What to Watch Out For

Remember the following when working on graphing:

check.png Very few graphs simply connect the data points.

check.png The more neatly a graph is drawn, the easier it is to read.

check.png The graph should occupy most, if not all, of the space available.

The scales should place the highest values near the top or right of the graph. The ...

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