# Graphing as a Tool to Build Mathematical Understanding in Chemistry

Proportional reasoning, particularly in the forms of understanding ratios and relationships between covarying quantities, is critical to student success in general chemistry. Students use this reasoning when doing unit conversions, performing stoichiometry calculations, and thinking about phenomena such as electrostatic forces or the relationship between temperature and average kinetic energy. This is an area where students enrolled in non-credit-bearing-remedial (NCBR) algebra courses often struggle.