# How to Graph

This Instructable will show you how to Graph, from Bar Graphs to Exponential functions, I'm hoping to win in Burning Questions 6.5, so if you think this is good, please vote!

First, We'll go through the Basics of Graphing, then build upon that, and go through the different types of graphing, All Types of Graphs besides Histograms, and Circle Graphs are included in this Instructable.

Materials Needed:
Paper (Graphing Paper Ideally)
Pencil
Not Shown, for Obvious Reasons:
Brain

I Apologize in advance for my Sloppy Handwriting.
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## Step 1: Very Basics

The Very Basics of Graphing are somewhere around here...

First, we need to know our Axis. The Y-Axis goes up and down, the vertical Axis, and the X-Axis goes side to side, the Horizontal Axis. The Axis are commonly referred to by just the Letter, the Y-Axis is often called just "The Y", and the X-Axis is called just "The X"

## Step 2: The Basics

The X and Y Axis are lines, so they go on indefinitely, and most higher level Math looks at them as more of a "Plus" Sign. The Center Point, (0,0) is called the Origin. Not (0,0.01), not (0,0.00000001), exactly (0,0), were the two Axis cross.

There are four Quadrants in a Graph, and they start at the top right one, and move Counter/Anti-Clockwise. As you can see, they're named Quadrant I, Quadrant II, Quadrant III, and Quadrant IV. (Roman Numerals for 1,2,3,4). In Quadrant I, the X and Y are both positive numbers. In Quadrant II, the X is negative, and the Y is Positive. In Quadrant III, the X and the Y are negative. And in Quadrant IV, the X is positive, and the Y is not.
poolgirlblue5 years ago
I like your explanations. I think that for demonstration purposes, an ink pen (fine point black marker) and a ruler would be great to use so your examples are clean and clear. Other than that, i think you did a great job.
2 years ago
I completely agree about the choice of pens or why not a softer and darker pencil, anyway you did a pretty good work
nutsandbolts_644 years ago
Now all you have to do is not skip the steps so that you won't get lost (to all those people who are only beginners in algebra)
purduecer5 years ago
Not bad, keep going though (graphing in 3 dimensions, graphing in polar, cylindrical, spherical coordinates)
5 years ago
It's hard to draw a 3-dimensional graph on a piece of paper (unless you roll it into a cone and say it's (x²+y²) = z²). In my experience graphing 3D involves computer programs or a good imagination.