Graph paper is paper with lines pre-printed on it which form a grid. There are various types and styles of graph paper for use in mathematical, engineering/design, and scientific exercises.
Printed graph paper comes in loose-leaf and notebook styles if purchased pre-printed. However, the availability of free, printable graph paper from the internet, which will work with standard printer ink
, has made such purchases no longer necessary. There are also available software programs which generate the specific style and colors needed for a particular application, and can be printed out as needed with today's high quality laser toners
and inkjet printers
Cartesian graph paper comes in coarse, fine, and extra fine grid styles. The standard square, which repeats vertically and horizontally to all edges of the paper, is gauged by the size of the incremental squares and can contain areas marked by darker lines to form grids within a larger grid. See an example of these printing graph papers and choose from either PDF or PS files to print your own at Graph Paper
Other styles of graph paper are multi-weight, dotted grids (instead of lines), axonometric perspective. Multi-weight refers to the heavier lines needed to section off certain areas of the entire grid. Dotted grids are easier for younger students to begin using in educational settings. Axonometric perspective uses diamond-shaped grids and is helpful in everything from laying out bead patterns for jewelry and quilting patterns layout, to 3D design for video games and movies. In 3D renderings, objects drawn on this type of paper are skewed to show more than one side of each object and the scaling of objects in the background is the same as those in the foreground, so depth perception is distorted to the normal eye. Free printing graph paper of this type is available from PrintFreeGraphPaper.com
and if a stand-alone software program is desired to customize any type of graph paper needed, go to Black Cat Systems
. A review of this software can be found at Graph Paper Maker
There are so many different types of graph paper available today it is nearly impossible to list them all, but this site has an online PDF generator that encompasses everything from standard graph paper to calendars and writing paper, all built on the concept of graphs or grids. Go to Incompetech
and check out all the formats available for organizing or structuring any possible project.
Other types of graph paper include isometric, hexagonal, polar, logarithmic, and probability sheets. These can be customized to any metric or English measurement and printed from this website: Print Graph Paper
One teacher resource site offers the capability of selecting the size and number of grids, in the ink color
and line weight of choice, then provides a pop-up window to customize the teacher's name, project name, and instructions to be printed out at the top of the graph paper. This can be quite useful in school projects and can be found at Student Graph Paper
Other sites for printing graph paper directly from the internet include: Waterproof Papers
, which is a great resource for math students, both young and old, as it offers everything from number lines to RAD grid paper and more. Graph Paper Software
, has the software available for purchase and download, or PDF files of stock graph paper can be viewed and printed, without customization.
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