Plotting Experimental Data General Chemistry I and II Lab Manual Dakota State University page 214 of 232 Plotting Experimental Data Prepared By: Richard E. Bleil, Ph.D. Introduction: Often in lab experiments it becomes necessary to make a graph, but unfortunately, many of us have not been given procedures for making a proper graph. As a result, several common mistakes tend to occur; improper scales are chosen resulting in graphs that do not utilize the entire piece of graph paper; straight lines are drawn through only two points; axes and titles are not correctly labeled. If you have never been taught how to make a graph, it is nothing to be embarrassed about. In fact, perhaps it is the educational institutions that you have attended that ought to be embarrassed for having not taught you. In an attempt to ensure that no students go through chemistry without having had this instruction, I’ve written this little guideline for you broken up into individual sections for (hopefully) ease of understanding. If you have any questions, comments, or
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