Excellence

By: John Vereen

Using
Microsoft Excel, I was able to construct the graph of a linear function and a
square root function simply. Excel is an excellent tool for students and
teachers alike. If my school system I teach in is not a ÒGoogle schoolÓ or if
they do not provide calculators to all students, then showing students how to
use a computer to graph with Excel will be necessary.

These
pictures show many of the preliminary steps one must take to graph using Excel.
First a student must make an ÒX-columnÓ displaying the inputs of the graph.
Then in the first cell of the ÒY-columnÓ, the student must insert the function
he wants using the *fx** *bar shown
in the second picture and apply the first cell of the ÒX-columnÓ to the desired
function. After that, the student can use the drag and drop characteristic of
Excel to apply the function to however many inputs that student has in the ÒX-column.Ó
Using these techniques, a student can effectively use Excel in order to graph
various functions that they may encounter in their studies.