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This is a minor matter, but it bothers me and I’m wondering if
there’s an alternative?
Suppose we have a graph. Let’s say it’s position x in meters vs time
t in seconds for definiteness. Draw the axes. Label with a symbol
what is being plotted on each axis. Sketch in some arbitrary curve.
Choose an arbitrary point on that curve. Draw dashed lines that run
parallel to each axis and intercept the other axis. Label with a
symbol each of these intersection points to indicate the coordinates
of that arbitrary point.
Okay, what did you come up with for those two sets of labels (those
labeling the axes and those labeling the coordinates of the point)?
I come up with the same labels in both cases, namely x on the
vertical and t on the horizontal.
It bothers me to have the same labels in two different places on the
axes like that (one at the ends of the axes perhaps, and one at some
arbitrary “intermediate” point along them).