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Homework Help: Graphing software

  1. Nov 6, 2006 #1
    I know how to use Excel for accounting stuff, but it's a nightmare for graphs. Is there some shareware I could use? What do most people use?
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  3. Nov 6, 2006 #2
    Excel is good for graphs. What problems are you having with it? What are you trying to do?

    For a free math related program, check out:
  4. Nov 6, 2006 #3


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  5. Nov 6, 2006 #4
    Well, most of the problems are hit and miss, and I suppose I'll figure those out eventually. But one thing, is editing the font of one character of a title and not the whole title. Obviously subscripts are used a lot in lab reports, and I hate not being able to make one in the title. If this is what people really use, then I can learn it, but I wanted to make sure there wasn't something better. Thanks!
  6. Nov 6, 2006 #5
    Graphical Analysis (from Vernier) has my recommendation. I use it with my students for physics and physics labs. Quite a few students have gone on to request permission from other teachers to use it for lab reports rather than excel, because it's much more intuitive (and quicker) to use.

    edit: it's not shareware, but the license is very reasonable (I believe a site license for our entire school is $70) There's a trial version if I recall correctly.
  7. Nov 6, 2006 #6


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    The best open-source plotting software on the planet is, without a doubt, gnuplot. I suggest downloading the Cygwin Unix-like environment for Windows, which includes gnuplot. Gnuplot will present a brief learning curve, but it's free and incredibly powerful.

    I should also mention that Maxima uses gnuplot for its plotting work.

    - Warren
  8. Nov 6, 2006 #7
    Thank you very much, I knew there had to be something better.
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