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Garden with Insight Help: Graph weather aspects

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Use the growcorder on the weather

Now that you know how to plant and harvest a garden, let's take a closer look at the simulation using the graph system on the weather. Put down the seed packet, pick up the growcorder, and click in an area of the screen that has no soil patches or plants. The browser will appear with weather information. [If you see soil patch information, you clicked in a soil patch. Go back to the garden window and click in an area of the garden that has no soil patches, where the cursor is a simple arrow. gif/00000013.gif]

Look on the numbers side of the browser at the Weather today group

Click on the numbers side gif/00000020.gif button to see the numbers side of the browser. From the group box on the browser, pick the group Weather today. You should see the minimum, maximum and mean air temperature aspects for the current day of the simulation.

Graph minimum temperature

Select the browser component labeled Minimum temperature today by clicking on it -- it will turn white. Now click on the graph gif/00000039.gif button. The graph window will appear. On top of the graph window, the graph item options window may appear with graph options for the aspect you chose. If it appears, click OK to accept the current settings. [If the graph item options window doesn't appear, nothing is wrong -- it just means the option to show that window when you first graph an aspect is turned off.] In the graph window, the legend below the graph shows the aspect you chose.

Graph maximum and mean temperature

Return to the browser, click on the browser component labeled Maximum temperature today, and click the graph gif/00000039.gif button again. Now do the same for the Mean temperature today component. Now in the graph window, all three aspects will be shown in the graph legend. When you are finished adding the three aspects to the graph, close the browser.

Look at the empty graph

Notice that the graph is empty. This is an important point to understand: the graph window only starts to record aspects after you choose them. Once an aspect is chosen for graphing, its value is recorded and graphed every day. If you remove an aspect from the list, it will stop being recorded and all the stored values will be lost.

Collapse the garden window

Before we run the simulation again, let's make the simulation run faster. Click on the collapse/expand gif/00000003.gif button on the garden window to collapse the window. In the collapsed state the garden window does not redraw the plants and soil patches.

Run the simulation

Now let's run the simulation so there is something to see in the graph. Click on the year button on the garden window. Watch the graph as the lines begin to move across it. The legend below the graph shows which colored line goes with each aspect. If you want to stop the simulation before the year is up, click on any of the date buttons or the message area on the collapsed garden window.

Hide mean temperature

Suppose you want to hide the mean temperature so you can see the range of daily temperatures more clearly. On the mean temperature line in the list under the graph, click the check-mark. The mean temperature graph line will disappear from the graph. Click the check-mark again and the graph line will appear again. Hiding and showing different lines makes it easier to look at a complicated graph.

You've done it!

That's it! You've learned how to run the simulation. It's simple: plant some plants, take care of them, and enjoy the harvest. Of course, there is much more to explore and learn. To learn more, read over specific parts in the Reference sections of the help system.

See you in the garden!

Using the browser to graph minimum temperature

Graphing three aspects in the graph window

Hiding an aspect in the graph window

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