ISIM Plotting Data
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  • Software

    Use whatever software you would like to make plots - Matlab (which we can help with), Python (which you will use in ModSim), or anything else you like. As long as plots are clear, easy to read, and professional - the software tool does not matter. We will provide support for Matlab. Python you will learn in ModSim.

    MATLAB starter notebook

    General Guidelines

    A good plot has the following features
    • x and y axis w are labeled and provide the units - i.e. time (seconds) or time (ms).
    • Fonts and labels that are approximately the same size as the text in your lab report (i.e. we should not need to zoom in to read the plots )
    • If two lines are on one plot, there should be some way to distinguish them quickly - color, line style, markers, or labels.
    • The x and y axis should be approproiately zoomed in - i.e. if all your data is between zero and one volt, don't make the axis scale from -10 to 10 volts.
    • Try to make summative plots that tell a story - don't include 10 figures in a row of the same thing but under different conditions. Try to synthesize your results into a small number of plots.

    Sept 2017.