|Diagrams and Charts|
Although presenting tables of numbers can be very informative, they can lack visual impact. You may want the user to see the message instantly. A diagram, chart or graph can help by summarising the key features of the data, and representing it as a picture.
This topic looks only at diagrams and charts. For help with using graphs to illustrate your work see the sub topic ‘Graphs’ beneath the title for this topic or in the menu to the left of the screen.
For help with interpreting diagrams and charts see the sub topic 'Interpreting Data' beneath the title for this topic or in the menu to the left of the screen.
You can scroll down to read all the help in this topic or click on one of the links below to go straight to a specific area.
What type of diagram or chart to use?
There are many different types of diagram and chart. To help decide which best suits your needs, each of the following is looked at in detail below:
It may also help you decide which to use if you consider the difference between discrete and continuous data.
Once you have chosen the type of diagram or chart you want to use, you will need to decide:
Written by Louise Thorpe, Learning and
Teaching Institute, Sheffield Hallam
Courseware designed by Mark Briggs, Centre for Multimedia in Education, Sheffield Hallam University
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