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Charts IV: Charts for the scientist

Use Excel to create scientific charts
Learn how to use the chart features in Excel to accomplish scientific tasks such as adding a trendline to data or using error bars.

About this course

This course includes:

  • Four self-paced lessons and four practice sessions for hands-on experience.
  • A short test at the end of each lesson; tests are not scored.
  • A Quick Reference Card you can take away from the course.


After completing this course you will be able to:

  • Add a trendline to a set of data.
  • Add error bars to data points.
  • Plot a polynomial curve.
  • Add Greek letters, symbols, superscript, and subscript to chart labels.
  • Use logarithmic scales.

Before you begin

If you are unfamiliar with how to create a chart, take the course Charts I: How to create a chart.

For more information about creating charts in Excel, see these courses:

Charts in Excel can show more than columns of sales numbers. Charts can plot and communicate scientific data.

Finding trendlines, showing error bars, and plotting complex curves, charts can be helpful to any college science student. They have value too for any business that wants to be precise about meeting its numbers.

To learn more about this course, read the overview in the center of this page or the table of contents in the left column. Then click Next to start the first lesson.

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