Lesson
#1: The following section will give you a definition of
the term chart, explain about the use of charts and show
you what charts consist of. 

The main topics of Lesson #1 are:
 Defining charts and graphs
 The usefulness of charts and graphs
 Components of a graph
 Where the data comes from
 More places charts are found

Lesson #1: Lets
define what a chart is. 
Topic
# 1 
Defining
charts and graphs 

A chart or graph
is a graphic representation of data used to
deliver a message. 

Topic
# 2 
The
usefulness of charts and graphs 

Charts and graphs
are useful visual aids. They can help
clarify the message you are trying to
convey. 

Topic
# 3 
Components
of a graph 

There are 4
components of a graph: Title, Data Points,
Category Labels, and Data Series. 
Title: should be
short but informative 
Data Points:
separate numerical values on the chart 
Category Labels:
descriptive entries on the chart 
Data Series:
group of data points which comprise the chart 

Topic
# 4 
Where
does the data come from? 

To create your
chart or graph you must use the data you have
entered into Excel. An example of a
spreadsheet appears on the left. 

Topic
# 5 
Where charts are found 

You
find charts and graphs everywhere you look.
Specifically they can be found in newspapers,
magazines, research, learning aids, scientific
journals, statistical surveys, television,
presentations, reports, and
many other locations. 

Lesson Review 
In
this lesson you have learned:
 How to define charts and graph
 How to use charts and graphs to help present your
ideas
 The components of a graph: Title, Data Points,
Category Labels, Data Series
 Where the data comes from: Excel spreadsheets
 Where charts are found


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