Author: Oscar Cronquist Article last updated on September 25, 2018

The picture above shows the following equation

x^3+3*x^2-3

plotted on an x y scatter chart. Here are the instructions on how I built this chart:

  1. Type -10 and -9 in cell A2:A3
  2. Select cell A2:A3 and click and hold on the black dot.
  3. Drag down until you see the number 10.
  4. Release the mouse button
  5. Select cell B2 and type: =A2^3+3*A2^2-3
  6. Press Enter
  7. Double click on dot in the lower right corner. This copies the formula to cells below as far as there are cells containing values in column A.

Insert x y scatter chart

  1. Go to tab "Insert" on the ribbon
  2. Click on scatter chart icon
  3. Click on the scatter chart you prefer, I chose Scatter with straight lines.

Change the x and y axis minimum and maximum value

  1. Right-click on x axis
  2. Click on "Format axis..."
  3. Change minimum and maximum value
  4. Change major units

Repeat with y axis.

Format x and y axis

  1. Select x axis again
  2. Click on Fill and Line icon
  3. Select "Solid Line" and pick a color.
  4. Repeat with y axis

Download Excel *.xlsx file

How to graph a function.xlsx