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Graphing Vocabulary

graphing terms

bar graph picture of the data that has been collected represented by bars; good for making comparisons
data information that you collect using instruments (ruler, cylinder, etc.)
data table an organized box where you record the data you collected during an investigation
dependent variable this is what you are measuring or investigating; it changes and may not have even intervals; it is not predictable; listed on the y axis of graphs & listed after the independent variable on data tables
headings a word or words that describes the data in a column or row of a data table or the x or y axis of a graph
horizontal axis (x) The line on the bottom of a graph; this is where the independent variable is placed
independent variable this is how you will measure your investigation; you know this before you begin; this is measured with regularity; measured at even intervals; listed on x axis on graphs & listed first on data tables
line graph picture of the data that has been collected represented by a series of dots, plotted from ordered pairs
multiple line graph a line graph that has more than one line plotted on it
numerical increments The numbers plotted on the x and y axis that show your data; the numbers are plotted in even increments on both the x and y axis; for instance counting by twos or fives
ordered pairs every set of numbers in a data table or graph is an ordered pair; the x or independent variable is always written first in an ordered pair
pie graph picture of the data that has been collected, represented by a circle, or pie, cut into portions. Each portion, or sector, represents a group of the data collected. Used to show a percent of the whole; good for comparing parts to the whole
qualitative data data that is represented using your senses; tells the quality of something such as color, smell, taste, etc. Is not a number.
quantitative data data this is represented using numbers; collected using instruments; tells a quantity
title a word or words that describes the data you collected in your data table or in your graph; generally represents both the x and y axis data
units how you measure the variables; without units the data is meaningless
vertical axis (y) the line on the side of a graph; this is where the dependent variable is placed
Created by: sjordan529