# FAQ: Recreate graphs using Matplotlib! - Side By Side Bars

This community-built FAQ covers the “Side By Side Bars” exercise from the lesson “Recreate graphs using Matplotlib!”.

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When going through the first instruction I was confused as of what what to do. It instructs me to make two variable lists that have already been created previously. So instead of using the function given I just pressed next and it worked fine. Is there a reason to follow the first instruction other than to get used to the bar format or is it a mistake to have the list variables there in the first place?

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It seems to be a mistake because the two lists under create_x disappeared when I reset the exercise.

In case someone is wondering as by following the instructions you end up with a different graph, the axes are something like this:

``````plt.axis([0, 10, 70, 90])
``````

10 because the final bar is centered on 9.6, and the bars are 0.8 in width; the value at [-1] index of x_values for the last bar in your graph, + half the width of your bars.

-Twan

Hi
I would like to have a reminder on how to create a figure, for a reason that I don’t know there is no example in the cheat sheet.

Cheer

I find this procedure extremely long and confusing, I found this way much more simpler and easier to implement.

``````import pandas as pd

unit_topics = ["Limits", "Derivatives", "Integrals", "Diff Eq", "Applications"]
middle_school_a = [80, 85, 84, 83, 86]
middle_school_b = [73, 78, 77, 82, 86]

df = pd.DataFrame(
dict(middle_school_a=middle_school_a, middle_school_b=middle_school_b),
index=unit_topics,
)

ax = df.plot.bar(title="Test Averages on Different Units", rot=0)
``````