#### Logarithmic graphs in Excel

```Hello! I have some Excel data that lists the United States' Gross Domestic
Product for each year from 1890 to 2000. The data looks like this:

1890 260.42
1891 271.87
1892 298.51

....

1998 8495.65
1999 8848.225
2000 9156.6

I wanted to turn this data into a groovy looking line graph, so I tried
using Excel's built-in Chart Wizard, but the resulting graph looks WAY too
much like an exponential curve (not to mention the fact that it really
doesn't all that good), so I want to turn it into a logarithmic graph. How
can I accomplish this?
```
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```Double click the Y axis, and on the Scale tab, check the Logarithmic Scale
box.

- Jon
-------
Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
Tutorials and Custom Solutions
http://PeltierTech.com
_______

news:B460B08B-554A-4973-9171-76F7317B1B1E@microsoft.com...
> Hello! I have some Excel data that lists the United States' Gross Domestic
> Product for each year from 1890 to 2000. The data looks like this:
>
> 1890 260.42
> 1891 271.87
> 1892 298.51
>
> ...
>
> 1998 8495.65
> 1999 8848.225
> 2000 9156.6
>
> I wanted to turn this data into a groovy looking line graph, so I tried
> using Excel's built-in Chart Wizard, but the resulting graph looks WAY too
> much like an exponential curve (not to mention the fact that it really
> doesn't all that good), so I want to turn it into a logarithmic graph. How
> can I accomplish this?

```
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jonxlmvpNO (4558)
1/3/2007 3:26:56 AM
```You rock.

Is there any way I can put one of those zig-zaggy axis things signaling a
break in the Y-axis? My Y-axis starts at 100, but I want it to start at 1,
but if I start it at 1, my line doesn't start until like two-thirds up my
graph. So there's all this empty space near the bottom. I just think that if
my Y-axis starts at 100 it will look confusing to my students. Is there
anything can be done?

"Jon Peltier" wrote:

> Double click the Y axis, and on the Scale tab, check the Logarithmic Scale
> box.
>
> - Jon
> -------
> Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
> Tutorials and Custom Solutions
> http://PeltierTech.com
> _______
>
>
> news:B460B08B-554A-4973-9171-76F7317B1B1E@microsoft.com...
> > Hello! I have some Excel data that lists the United States' Gross Domestic
> > Product for each year from 1890 to 2000. The data looks like this:
> >
> > 1890 260.42
> > 1891 271.87
> > 1892 298.51
> >
> > ...
> >
> > 1998 8495.65
> > 1999 8848.225
> > 2000 9156.6
> >
> > I wanted to turn this data into a groovy looking line graph, so I tried
> > using Excel's built-in Chart Wizard, but the resulting graph looks WAY too
> > much like an exponential curve (not to mention the fact that it really
> > doesn't all that good), so I want to turn it into a logarithmic graph. How
> > can I accomplish this?
>
>
>
```
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1/3/2007 4:28:01 AM
```Hi,

http://peltiertech.com/Excel/Charts/BrokenYAxis.html

Cheers
Andy

> You rock.
>
> Is there any way I can put one of those zig-zaggy axis things signaling a
> break in the Y-axis? My Y-axis starts at 100, but I want it to start at 1,
> but if I start it at 1, my line doesn't start until like two-thirds up my
> graph. So there's all this empty space near the bottom. I just think that if
> my Y-axis starts at 100 it will look confusing to my students. Is there
> anything can be done?
>
> "Jon Peltier" wrote:
>
>
>>Double click the Y axis, and on the Scale tab, check the Logarithmic Scale
>>box.
>>
>>- Jon
>>-------
>>Jon Peltier, Microsoft Excel MVP
>>Tutorials and Custom Solutions
>>http://PeltierTech.com
>>_______
>>
>>
>>news:B460B08B-554A-4973-9171-76F7317B1B1E@microsoft.com...
>>
>>>Hello! I have some Excel data that lists the United States' Gross Domestic
>>>Product for each year from 1890 to 2000. The data looks like this:
>>>
>>>1890 260.42
>>>1891 271.87
>>>1892 298.51
>>>
>>>...
>>>
>>>1998 8495.65
>>>1999 8848.225
>>>2000 9156.6
>>>
>>>I wanted to turn this data into a groovy looking line graph, so I tried
>>>using Excel's built-in Chart Wizard, but the resulting graph looks WAY too
>>>much like an exponential curve (not to mention the fact that it really
>>>doesn't all that good), so I want to turn it into a logarithmic graph. How
>>>can I accomplish this?
>>
>>
>>

--

Andy Pope, Microsoft MVP - Excel
http://www.andypope.info
```
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andy9699 (3616)
1/3/2007 8:37:23 AM

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