Scientists collect and record data during their work. They represent this data in many formats, such as tables, narrative notes, graphs, or diagrams. Data can be recorded in different ways depending on the type of investigation and what the scientist is trying to learn. The way in which data are organized is important when interpreting and drawing conclusions from the data.
A data table is one type of graphic organizer used frequently in science. It is used especially during laboratory experiments when qualitative and/or quantitative data are collected. Data tables are not randomly constructed; they have at least two columns or rows and specific data entered into each column/row. In order to design a data table, you must know what the independent and dependent variables are.
Let’s look at a description of an experiment. Follow the directions in the interactive to see how you can use this information to create and organize a data table.
Read the following procedure. Drag the labels to the correct location in the data table. Not all of the labels will be used.
Cars and Ramps Lab