When you are graphing data, you are always going to plot the graph the same way.
- The independent variable goes on the X (horizontal) axis
- The dependent variable goes on the Y (vertical) axis
This is a graph demonstrating Temperatures in New York City over a period of 6 days.
Independent Variable: Day
Dependent Variable: Degrees in Fahrenheit
The later days have a higher temperature.
This is a graph demonstrating what happens to the value of Sarah's time over the years.
Independent variable (cause):
Dependent variable (effect):
- Value of the car in money
The older the car is, the less the value of the car is.
This is a graph demonstrating the time the helicopter traveled a certain distance
Independent variable (CAUSE):
- Time in seconds
Dependent variable (EFFECT):
- Distance in meters
Because of the time, the helicopter traveled a specific distance.
This is a graph showing the number of people in a store over the time of day.
Independent Variable (cause):
Dependent Variable (effect)
- Number of people in the store
The middle of the day seems to have the most people visiting the store.
This is a graph demonstrating the number of teens in a small town who have cell phones.
- Age in years
- Number of teens with phones
As the age of the students increases, the number of teens with phones increased.