A bar graph is a way of representing data using rectangular bars of different heights or lengths. The bars can be either vertical or horizontal. Bar graphs are useful for comparing and displaying the frequency, size, or other measures of different categories or groups of data.

1. **Title:** A clear and descriptive title that summarizes the data being presented.

2. **Axes:** The vertical axis (y-axis) represents the measured values, while the horizontal axis (x-axis) represents the categories or groups of data.

3. **Bars:** Rectangular bars that represent the data for each category. The height or length of the bars corresponds to the value of the data being represented.

To create a bar graph, follow these steps:

- Choose the appropriate categories or groups of data to be represented on the x-axis.
- Select the scale for the y-axis, ensuring that it covers the range of the data values and is easy to read and understand.
- Draw the bars for each category, making sure they are equally spaced and of the correct height or length based on the data values.
- Add a title and labels for the axes to provide context and clarity.
- Include a key or legend if the graph represents multiple sets of data.

When interpreting a bar graph, consider the following:

- Look for patterns or trends in the data by comparing the heights or lengths of the bars.
- Identify the category with the highest or lowest value by examining the bar heights or lengths.
- Read the axes to understand the scale and context of the data being represented.
- Use the information presented to draw conclusions and make comparisons between the categories.

Here are some key concepts to remember when working with bar graphs:

- Understanding the purpose of a bar graph and when to use it to represent data.
- Identifying the parts of a bar graph, including the title, axes, and bars.
- Creating a bar graph by selecting appropriate categories, scaling the axes, and drawing the bars accurately.
- Interpreting a bar graph by analyzing the lengths or heights of the bars and drawing conclusions based on the data presented.

Remember to practice creating and interpreting bar graphs using different sets of data to strengthen your understanding of this important visual representation tool.

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Number and Operations (NCTM)

Understand numbers, ways of representing numbers, relationships among numbers, and number systems.

Understand and use ratios and proportions to represent quantitative relationships.

Compute fluently and make reasonable estimates.

Develop, analyze, and explain methods for solving problems involving proportions, such as scaling and finding equivalent ratios.

Geometry (NCTM)

Analyze characteristics and properties of two- and three-dimensional geometric shapes and develop mathematical arguments about geometric relationships.

Understand relationships among the angles, side lengths, perimeters, areas, and volumes of similar objects.

Create and critique inductive and deductive arguments concerning geometric ideas and relationships, such as congruence, similarity, and the Pythagorean relationship.

Apply transformations and use symmetry to analyze mathematical situations.

Describe sizes, positions, and orientations of shapes under informal transformations such as flips, turns, slides, and scaling.

Measurement (NCTM)

Apply appropriate techniques, tools, and formulas to determine measurements.

Solve problems involving scale factors, using ratio and proportion.

Grade 8 Curriculum Focal Points (NCTM)

Geometry and Measurement: Analyzing two- and three-dimensional space and figures by using distance and angle

Students use fundamental facts about distance and angles to describe and analyze figures and situations in two- and three-dimensional space and to solve problems, including those with multiple steps. They prove that particular configurations of lines give rise to similar triangles because of the congruent angles created when a transversal cuts parallel lines. Students apply this reasoning about similar triangles to solve a variety of problems, including those that ask them to find heights and distances. They use facts about the angles that are created when a transversal cuts parallel lines to explain why the sum of the measures of the angles in a triangle is 180 degrees, and they apply this fact about triangles to find unknown measures of angles. Students explain why the Pythagorean Theorem is valid by using a variety of methods - for example, by decomposing a square in two different ways. They apply the Pythagorean Theorem to find distances between points in the Cartesian coordinate plane to measure lengths and analyze polygons and polyhedra.