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15.1 Introduction
Have you seen graphs in the newspapers, television, magazines, books etc.? The purposeof the graph is to show numerical facts in visual form so that they can be understoodquickly, easily and clearly.Thus graphs are visual representations of data collected. Datacan also be presented in the form of a table; however a graphical presentation is easier tounderstand. This is true in particular when there is
a trend
or
comparison
to be shown.We have already seen some types of graphs. Let us quickly recall them here.
15.1.1 A Bar graph
A bar graph is used to show comparison among categories. It may consist of two or moreparallel vertical (or horizontal) bars (rectangles).The bar graph in Fig 15.1 shows Anu’s mathematics marks in the three terminalexaminations. It helps you to compare her performance easily. She has shown good progress.
Fig 15.1
Bar graphs can also have double bars as in Fig 15.2. This graph gives a comparativeaccount of sales (in Rs) of various fruits over a two-day period. How is Fig 15.2 differentfrom Fig 15.1? Discuss with your friends.
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Fig 15.2
15.1.2 A Pie graph (or a circle-graph)
A pie-graph is used to compare parts of a whole. The circle represents the whole. Fig 15.3is a pie-graph. It shows the percentage of viewers watching different types of TV channels.
Fig 15.3
15.1.3 A histogram
A Histogram is a bar graph that shows data in intervals. It has adjacent bars overtheintervals.

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The histogram in Fig 15.4 illustrates the distribution of weights (in kg) of 40 persons of a locality.
Weights (kg)
40-4545-5050-5555-6060-65
No. of persons
4121365
Fig 15.4
There are no gaps between bars, because there are no gaps between the intervals.What is the information that you gather from this histogram? Try to list them out.
15.1.4 A line graph
A
line graph
displays data that changes continuously over periods of time.When Renu fell sick, her doctor maintained a record of her body temperature, takenevery four hours. It was in the form of a graph (shown in Fig 15.5 and Fig 15.6).We may call this a “time-temperature graph”.It is a pictorial representation of the following data, given in tabular form.
Time
6 a.m.10 a.m.2 p.m.6 p.m.
Temperature(°C)
37403835The horizontal line (usually called the
x
-axis) shows the timings at which the temperatureswere recorded. What are labelled on the vertical line (usually called the
y
-axis)?
In Fig 15.4 a jagged line() has been used alonghorizontal line to indicatethat we are not showingnumbers between 0 and 40.

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