Economics Online Tutor
USING GRAPHS IN
Graphs are an important tool in the study of economics. Graphs make the relationships involved in
economics much easier to understand.
I have chosen not to include graphs in this website. I am open to feedback on this issue. It is possible
that I will incorporate graphs at some point in the future based on feedback received.
When I started to build this website, my original intention was to include graphs as much as possible. The
problem at that point in time was that I had difficulty finding software that would give me
professional-looking graphs that would at the same time include exactly the information that would serve
each graph's individual purpose.
As I completed more and more sections of text, I realized that including graphs would create navigation
problems for users of this site. I would either have to place the graphs in an area separate from the text
that they refer to, which would be very inconvenient for users and interrupt the flow of learning, or I
would have to increase greatly the size of each section. This would necessarily require many more pages
for users to click to, and the amount of scrolling involved. Since I realize that most users will be using
this site as an additional reference to, instead of as a substitute for, textbooks and other resources, I
decided to leave graphs out of this site. In the text, I often refer to graphs as they apply to the topic
being discussed. I assume that most users will have other resources that will enable them to understand
what these graph references mean.
I have subsequently discovered a method for incorporating graphs into this site that would serve the
intended purpose. If I choose to add graphs at a later date, I would be able to do so. It would be a very
time-consuming process. As I stated above, it would compromise the ease of navigation for users.
One advantage of not using graphs: with a text-only approach, the concepts behind the graphs will likely
be better understood. For example, with graphs you can simply memorize which direction a curve shifts
in a specific situation, and the results of such a shift. You don't have to truly understand the economic
concepts behind WHY the curve shifts. A graph can serve as a shortcut in some situations. An
understanding of the concepts is the goal of this website, not shortcuts to get you by.