Resource Lesson
Curve Fitting Patterns
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The following are three common curve fitting patterns that are encountered with high regularity in labs and problem sets.
Hyperbolic (inverse) relations are rectified by plotting
y vs 1/x
.
Parabolas symmetric to the y-axis (power curve) are rectified by plotting
y vs x
^{2}
.
Parabolas symmetric to the x-axis (root curve) are rectified by plotting
y vs
x
.
Examine the chart provided below to see how these data patterns can be rectified to become lines. If printed, this page should be set up in landscape mode.
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