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Learning objects Scatter plots: about scatter plots

TLF ID L5858

Find out what a scatter plot is and how it can be used to investigate relationships between two variables. Examine data for a pair of variables such as a person's height at the age of 2 and their height at the age of 22. Look at the data plotted on a graph. Notice how a line of best fit is used to identify if there is a positive or negative relationship between the two variables. This learning object is one in a series of five objects.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students explore the characteristics and uses of scatter plots.
  • Students observe how a scatter plot is used to identify if there is a positive or negative relationship between a pair of variables.
  • Students observe bivariate data in tables and graphs.
Educational value
  • Introduces students to the features and uses of scatter plots.
  • Describes how to choose axes and scales while constructing a scatter plot.
  • Illustrates how data is represented and interpreted in a statistical investigation.
  • Relates experimental conclusions to patterns in scatter plots.
Year level


Learning area
  • mathematics
  • Mathematics/Statistics and probability
    • Mathematics/Bivariate data
    • Mathematics/Data analysis
    • Mathematics/Graphs
    • Mathematics/Lines
    • Mathematics/Scale
    • Mathematics/Variables
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling;
    • Data manipulation and interpretation;
    • Estimation
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Michael Wagner
    • Organisation: Godwin + Wagner
    • Address: Box Hill South VIC 3128 Australia
    • Subject matter expert
    • Name: Howard Reeves
    • Address: Lindisfarne TAS 7015 Australia
    • Educational validator
    • Name: Graham Jones
    • Address: Broadbeach QLD 4218 Australia
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL:
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    • Device independence
    • Hearing independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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    • MS-Windows - minimum version: XP - maximum version: 7
    • © Education Services Australia Ltd, 2013, except where indicated under Acknowledgements.