When I am asked to graph let's say Force vs. Displacement which component represents the x and y component of the graph? Thank you.

Printable View

- March 10th 2014, 12:22 PMsakonpure6Graphing Terminology
When I am asked to graph let's say Force vs. Displacement which component represents the x and y component of the graph? Thank you.

- March 10th 2014, 12:43 PMromsekRe: Graphing Terminology
it's generally y vs x

so in this case displacement is the x axis - March 10th 2014, 01:09 PMILikeSerenaRe: Graphing Terminology
Usually x is the quantity you control and y is the quantity that you're interested in.

If you are controlling the force and then measuring a corresponding displacement, then it would make sense to show the force on the x axis.

Either way, there is no hard rule that I'm aware of.

Ultimately you can make your own choice. - March 10th 2014, 01:15 PMsakonpure6Re: Graphing Terminology
Thank you guys!