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Exploring distance time graphs

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Graphs are a common way of presenting information. However, like any other type of representation, graphs rely on shared understandings of symbols and styles to convey meaning. Also, graphs are normally drawn specifically with the intention of presenting information in a particularly favourable or unfavourable light, to convince you of an argument or to influence your decisions. This free course, Exploring distance time graphs, will enable you to explain, construct, use and interpret distance-time graphs.

After studying this course, you should be able to:

  • explain in English and by using examples, the conventions and language used in graph drawing to someone not studying the course
  • use the following terms accurately, and be able to explain them to someone else: ‘time-series graph’, ‘conversion graph’, ‘directly proportional relationship’, ‘“straight-line” relationship’, ‘gradient’, ‘intercept’, ‘x-coordinate’, ‘y-coordinate’, ‘coordinate pair’, ‘variable’, ‘independent variable’, ‘dependent variable’, ‘average speed’, ‘velocity’, ‘distance-time graph’
  • draw a graph on a sheet of graph paper, from a table of data, correctly plotting the points, labelling the graph and scaling and labelling the axes
  • draw and use a graph to convert between a quantity measured in one system of units to the same quantity measured in a different system
  • write down the formula of a straight-line graph, and be able to explain, using sketches, the meaning of the terms ‘gradient’ and ‘intercept’.

By: The Open University

  • Duration 12 hours
  • Updated Tuesday 29th March 2016
  • Introductory level
  • Posted under Mathematics Education
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Exploring distance time graphs

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Graphs are a common way of presenting information. However, like any other type of representation, graphs rely on shared understandings of symbols and styles to convey meaning. Also, graphs are normally drawn specifically with the intention of presenting information in a particularly favourable or unfavourable light, to convince you of an argument or to influence your decisions.

This OpenLearn course provides a sample of level 1 study in Mathematics [Tip: hold Ctrl and click a link to open it in a new tab. (Hide tip)] .

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