UMass Amherst KIN 460 - Lab 1 Fall 18 (5 pages)

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University of Massachusetts Amherst
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Kin 460 - Motor Control

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Excel graphing KIN 460 Motor Control Lab Lab 1 LAB 1 Creating graphs in Microsoft excel Introduction In this course you will be required to collect and process large amounts of data typically in three forms data that can be expressed using statistics kinetic data and kinematic data Due to the amount of data collected the use of a computer is required For your lab write ups you ll collect process and graph your data Your collected data can be processed and graphed using a spreadsheet program for example Microsoft Excel For this lab you ll be given data to graph in Excel Your write up will consist of 5 graphs If you don t finish all your graphs during lab you can find help for how to create graphs online use Google The purpose of a graph is to convey a message you have something to say that the graph shows A graph consists of either information or noise Your message is contained in the graph s information such as data points Noise are objects in the graph that hold no information such as gridlines or obscure information When you create your graph you should always maximize the information such as choosing an appropriate axis scaling and reduce noise remove objects that hold no information Pointers to improve your overall graphing experience and lab grade when making excel graphs 1 Never use a screen shot of your excel graph in your document a Just use copy paste into word this enables you to continue to edit the graph in excel b Hint make a text box in Word first then past the graph into the text box for easier placement within the document 2 Always ensure error bars represent your data a To do this you must ensure you are following the proper steps to use the standard deviations you calculated to make your error bars instead of allowing Excel to determine their magnitude 3 Minimize empty space on your graphs a You will have to adjust your x axis and sometimes possibly your y axis limits in order to minimize useless space on the graph 4 Graph TITLES should reflect the



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