Choosing the right graph:Excel and its many uses
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Bar Graph Bargraphs are one of the most common types of graph used to display data. Sometimes known as "column charts", bar graphs are most often used to show amounts or the number of times a value occurs. Theamounts are displayed using a vertical bar or rectangle. The taller the bar, the greater number of times the value occurs.
Line Graph Linegraphs are often used to plot changes in data over time, such as monthly temperature changes or daily changes in stock market prices. Theycan also be used to plot data recorded from scientific experiments, such as how a chemical reacts to changing temperature or atmospheric pressure.
Scatter Plot Graph Scatterplot graphs are used to show trends in data. They are especially useful when you have a large number of data points. Like line graphs, they can be used to plot data recorded from scientific experiments, such as how a chemical reacts to changing temperature or atmospheric pressure.
Pie Chart Piecharts, or circle graphs as they are sometimes known, are a little different from the other three types of graphs discussed. For one, pie charts do not use horizontal and vertical axes to plot points like the others. They also differ in that they are used to chart only one variable at a time. As a result, it can only be used to show percentages.