Histograms

HOW TO GRAPH
Principles | Components | Graph Selection


HISTOGRAMS EXPLAINED

Histograms are a type of bar graph, but with a few important differences. First, whereas bar graphs typically display a variable on the x-axis that is considered qualitative or categorical (e.g., red, green, blue OR Swiss, Italians, Americans, Germans), histograms typically display a variable on the x-axis that is considered quantitative or numerical (e.g., 10, 20, 30, 40, etc. or numerical ranges such as 0-5, 6-10, 11-15, 16-20, etc.). Second, whereas bar graphs often separate the individual bars on the graph with consistent (white/empty) spacing in between them, histograms typically do not separate the individual bars on the graph with consistent spacing. Third, in a histogram the y-axis almost always corresponds to the frequency of occurrence a particular event or category.

EXAMPLES

Here are two examples of well-constructed histograms:

Example 1

histogram-example-1

Example 2

histogram-example-2

TUTORIALS

YOUTUBE’S cylurian

YOUTUBE’S MySecretMathTutor

GRADING RUBRIC

Click HERE to see the grading rubric Dr. Merritt uses to assess the histograms you create in his science classes.

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