How can we graph independent and dependent variables?

1 Answer

The independent variable should be plotted on the x-axis. The dependent variable should be plotted on the y-axis.

The graph of mass vs. volume places volume on the x-axis and the mass on the y-axis. The value of graphing this relationship is best understood by considering the following equation


Note the slope of your graph will be #(rise)/(run)# which is #(mass)/(volume)# which is the density of the material.

If you need to plot data using Excel and analyze using linear regression, here is a helpful video