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## Main Question or Discussion Point

Let's say there's a lab where one hangs weights off a spring, and graphs the length and weight to find the spring constant.

Graphs have the independent variable--weight in this case--on the x axis, and the dependent variable--length--on the y axis. So, by that method, the graph should be Length vs Weight

But when I learned about Hooke's law and whatnot, I saw that the graphs were Weight vs Length, because of F = kx

Which way is the correct convention?

Graphs have the independent variable--weight in this case--on the x axis, and the dependent variable--length--on the y axis. So, by that method, the graph should be Length vs Weight

But when I learned about Hooke's law and whatnot, I saw that the graphs were Weight vs Length, because of F = kx

Which way is the correct convention?