Graphing Data By Hand

We have calculators, so why do we have to do this by hand? The video takes viewers through graphing scientific data by hand to create a scatter plot. The process includes labeling axes, writing an appropriate title, determining a scale, plotting points, and drawing a best-fit curve.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Provide graph paper so viewers can follow along
  • Pause video at various points to discuss next steps
Classroom Considerations

  • Note that the video does not use breaks in the axes, even when the labeling does not start at zero, so teachers will have to supplement instruction
Pros

  • Narrator describes the steps to graphing data in detail
  • Visuals are professional-looking
Cons

  • Video provides only one example