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Analyzing and Interpreting Data, Part 1: Graphing

by: Russ Colson and Mary Colson

This chapter addresses the interpretation of data through graphs, maps, and cross-sections, which includes aspects of Developing and Using Models; Analyzing and Interpreting Data; Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking; Engaging in Argument From Evidence; and Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information. To understand a graph, it’s important to remember that graphs represent real world observations. Graphing is a language that turns an initially puzzling blizzard of real-world data into a coherent story. This chapter offers a quick journey through reading a graph. Here we walk through how to coach students in analyzing and interpreting their experimental data using graphs. A materials list, teacher background information, and outcomes are provided. This book selection includes the Table of Contents, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, About the Book, Introduction, and Index.


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High School


Earth & Space Science Instructional Materials Mathematics Science and Engineering Practices


Type Book ChapterPub Date 11/15/2016Pages 66Stock # PB409X_4

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