# Calculate the area under a curve in Grapher

You can use the **Graph Tools | Plot Tools | Calculate Area** command to compute the area under any line/scatter plot, ribbon/wall plot, or 3D XYZ line/scatter plot.

Grapher can calculate the area under a curve to any baseline value. When calculating the area for 3D XYZ line/scatter plots, the area is calculated only for the XY plane. Once calculated, the area beneath the curve is reported in XY units with zero used as a baseline.

## Calculating the area under a curve:

- Create a line/scatter, ribbon/wall, or 3D XYZ line/scatter plot using the
**Home | New Graph | Basic**commands. - Click on the plot to select it.
- Click the
**Graph Tools | Plot Tools | Calculate Area**command. - Enter a baseline value (Y value to calculate the area down to, default is zero) into the
**Area Baseline Value**dialog and click*OK*. - A
**Grapher - Report**window opens containing the area and information such as the data file, X column, and Y column used to create the plot. The area is reported in the graph's XY units.

## Tips for calculating area:

- Grapher calculates the area between the plot and baseline value entered in the
**Area Baseline Value dialog**. If any part of the plot extends below the baseline value, a negative area will be calculated. This negative value will then be added to the total area. - The area report displays calculations for:
*Above Baseline Area, Below Baseline Area, and Total Area*. - The units for the area are X units * Y units. For most situations, the X and Y values should be in the same units before using this command for the calculated area value to make sense.

*Updated May 2023*

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