# Visual and MatplotLib – holding hands at last

(alternate title: how to make pretty graphs in vpython) I am happy. Finally, I can use the visual module in python (vPython.org) and plotting with Matplotlib. Maybe this isn’t such a big deal for many of you, but for me, it never worked until now. In the past, I blogged about plotting in vpython vs.…

# Science Fair for Mere Mortals

After judging the science fair last week, I would like to revisit my tips for you the science fair participant. Warning number 1 Some of the things I say here might go against what your teacher has told you. I am not sure what you should do in this case. Your teacher gives you a…

# Comparison of quadratic curve fitting

In a [previous post](/dotphysics/2008/09/basics-making-graphs-with-kinematics-stuff-part-ii/), I talked about how to plot kinematics data with a spread sheet and how to fit a quadratic function to the data. In the back of my head I remember “Don’t trust Excel”. I seem to recall someone claiming that Excel did not do a proper fit. To test this, I…

# Basics: Making graphs with kinematics stuff part II

**pre-reqs**: [kinematics](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/2008/09/basics-kinematics.php) *I don’t think you need [part I of this](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/2008/09/basics-making-graphs-with-kinematics-stuff.php) if you don’t want* So, you still want to make a graph with that kinematics data? You think that graphs on paper are too barbaric? Well, if you are ready, you can use a spreadsheet. But be careful. If you don’t know what you…

# Basics: Making graphs with kinematics stuff

**pre reqs:** [kinematics](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/2008/09/basics-kinematics.php) Suppose there is some experiment in which you throw a ball up and collect position and time data (with video analysis). What do you do with this data? Your instructor told you to make a graph, but how do you do that? Here is the fictional data you (or I) collected: ![data2](http://scienceblogs.com/dotphysics/wp-content/uploads/2008/09/data2.jpg)…