Graphing Rules Every time you make a graph, reference the outline to maximize your mark potential.

1. Put your y-axis on the left side of the graph and your x-axis along the bottom of the graph, it should make a giant L shape.

2. Count the number of squares on your graph paper.

3. Draw the x-axis and y-axis in such a way your graph is as big as possible (use as much space on the page as you can).

4. Make sure your numbers on the axis line up with the lines on the graph paper (do not put numbers between the squares.

5. Title your graph (the form is 'y-axis' vs. 'x-axis').

6. Title your x- and y- coordinates; be sure to include units.

7. Put your points on the graph then draw a circle around each point (the circles will identify points that may disappear when a line is drawn though them).

8. Draw a line roughly connecting the points (a line should almost never pass through all points). If the pattern produces a straight line, half the points should be above or below the line. If the line is curved, it should produce a smooth curve).

9. Add your name and the date in the upper right hand corner of the graph (just incase your graph becomes separated from your written report) and include your partners name if you worked in a group.

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