Creating a graph with data-4th grade science project

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Creating a graph with data-4th grade science project

Postby LGO » Tue Apr 29, 2014 12:30 pm

My question is: Do all objects fall to the ground at the same speed?
I dropped multiple objects from the same height and timed how long it took for them to reach the ground. I want to create a graph with the results (object/time it took to reach the ground), but after I input all of the information on an excel spreadsheet (2007), the graph did not come out right. I tried multiple times and it didn't work. Can you help me please?
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We are trying to create a simple graph to reflect the items my son dropped and how long it took them to reach the ground. He is in 4th grade. Do you have recommendations? I have tried to use excel but the information is not graphing correctly. Thanks!
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Re: Creating a graph with data-4th grade science project

Postby k4gfwgerry » Thu May 01, 2014 4:11 pm

It would be helpful to get more information regarding what about the Excel graph is not right. I would suggest using a bar graph with the X axis being the different objects and the Y axis being the time to fall to the ground. Keep in mind that objects with a lot of wind resistance (e.g. feathers) are not going to fall as fast, a fact that will be important as you analyze your data. I hope that helps.
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