Comparing Graphs

All of the graphs below have qualities that are good and qualities that need to be improved. One of your
objectives in all science classes is to be able to produce quality graphs. Creating quality graphs is also a
component of the lab reports that you will be writing for all of the science classes you take in the Deer Valley
district.

As you look through the graphs below, consider each of the following: 1) Are the X- and Y-axis labeled with
specific details? 2) Does the graph contain a title that contains specific details? 3) Does the graph utilize the
space provided (or is it really small)? 4) Are the numbering systems used on the X- and Y-axis consistent? 5)
Is all of the data graphed within the provided space?

This is an assignment that I will be looking for on your Weebly website. Create a new tab titled “Assignments”
under your “Chapter 1 Tab.” If you forgot how to do this, there is a YouTube video that I have uploaded to my
class website that will walk you through the process. You can then add this assignment on your newly created
“Assignments” page. This can be done in one of two ways: 1) Use the “Text” tool and you can simply type
your responses onto the webpage or 2) Download this assignment to your computer (it is found under “Student
Resources”, “Weebly Assignments.” You can save it, type your answers directly onto it, then use the
“Document” tool on Weebly to upload your saved document. Students who use option 2 will receive extra
credit.

Graph 1:



Identify what is done correctly on this graph:
The x-axis labeled correctly, enough data


Identify what could be improved on this graph:

Y-axis needs labeling, can’t skip numbers on the x axis, draw only on the graph and not outside of it

Graph 2:



Identify what is done correctly on this graph:

Both axis are labeled, properly spaced out data

Identify what could be improved on this graph:
Specific label on x- axis, make y-axis increments smaller to make the graph bigger, keep same increments on x-
axis


Graph 3:



Identify what is done correctly on this graph:
Both axis are labeled correctly, increments are equal


Identify what could be improved on this graph:
Use increments of 1 on the y-axis to make the graph larger




Graph 4:


Identify what is done correctly on this graph:

The graph is large enough

Identify what could be improved on this graph:

Needs labels on both x and y axis













Graph 5:


Identify what is done correctly on this graph:
Graph is large enough, x- axis is labeled


Identify what could be improved on this graph:
Unit of measurement for x axis, y axis needs a label



Graph 6:


Identify what is done correctly on this graph:

Equal increments

Identify what could be improved on this graph:


Needs labels, and units of measurement


Graph 7:


Identify what is done correctly on this graph:
Graph is spaced out enough, equal increments


Identify what could be improved on this graph:
Needs labels on x and y axis, make the y axis numbers have a bigger gap in between eachother vertically to
make the graph look larger.




After having identified the pros and cons of each of the seven graphs above, identify which graph is the BEST
graph. Use evidence from your notes that supports your answer. Solidify your answer by making comparisons
between your selected graphs and the other graphs provided.