Analyze Your Data

1. Make your data presentable with graphs and tables
Create presentable graphs and tables to represent your data. These should be well done, professional quality graphs. You may want to summarize any observations you made. Try to isolate the independent and dependent variables. Using the independent and dependent variables as column headings could do this on a data table. Putting the independent variable on the x-axis and the dependent variable on the y-axis could do this on graphs. Be sure to conduct analysis of the data such as mean, median, and range. A table is useful for you to summarize your statistics such as mean, median, range... If you have visual data you may want to use an image editor to label your images.

Examples of data table organization


Data and graphs rubric



2. Look for patterns and write about them

Use the tables and graphs to find trends or patterns in the data. Look especially at the relationship between the independent and dependent variables. Did changing the independent variable have any effect on the dependent variable? When writing, think of your graphs as graphic organizers. Turn your graphs into words, sentences and paragraphs.



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