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    Graphing 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.
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    Re: Graphing Terminology

    it's generally y vs x

    so in this case displacement is the x axis
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    Re: 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.
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    Re: Graphing Terminology

    Thank you guys!
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