General Background


An important part of science is communicating your results with other people. A well-designed graph can convey a large amount of information about a data set using a small amount of space.

Graphs should be visually appealing. An ugly graph distracts the reader from the data.

There are an innumerable number of ways to visualize data with graphs and plots, but we will concentrate on just a couple of styles.

Figure 2-1. Various ways to visualize data in the form of graphs and plots.


In this lab, you will be learning the fundamentals of what type of graph to choose and how to format your graph.