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Plotting coordinates. How to plot positive and negative coordinates onto a grid. Worked examples with solutions.

Updated on April 18, 2011

In order to plot a coordinate point on a grid, first you need to understand that the first number of a coordinate is the x coordinate number and the second number of a coordinate is the y coordinate number (x coordinate number, y coordinate number)

So if your point is (-4,0) then -4 is the x coordinate digit and 0 is the y coordinate digit.

Make sure you understand this before you start plotting coordinates onto a coordinate grid.

Example 1

Plot the coordinate (-4,7) onto a coordinate grid.

First put your finger on -4 on the x axis. Make sure you have moved along the x axis not the y axis (the x axis is the horizontal line)

All you need to do now is move up 7 squares as the y coordinate is +7.

Mark the point (-4,7) with a cross or small circle.

Once this is done, you can check that the point is line with -4 on the x axis and 7 on the y axis.

Example 2

Plot the coordinate (5,-3) onto a coordinate grid.

First put your finger on 5 on the x axis. Make sure you have moved along the x axis not the y axis (the x axis is the horizontal line)

All you need to do now is move down 3 squares as the y coordinate is -3.

Mark the point (5,-3) with a cross or small circle

Once this is done, you can check that the point is line with 5 on the x axis and -3 on the y axis.

This last example involves plotting coordinates where one of the coordinates is 0.

Example 3

Plot these coordinates onto a coordinate grid:

a) (0,-4)

b) (9, 0)

Answers

a) Go to 0 on the x axis. Now move 4 squares down as the y coordinate is -4.

b) Go to 9 on the x axis. Now don’t move up or down as the x coordinate is 0.

If you always remember that the x coordinate comes first then it’s unlikely you will slip up.

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    1997 

    6 years ago

    thank you, you have helped me so much

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    Mark 

    7 years ago from England, UK

    Great, I will check some of your hubs out.

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    Mike and Dorothy McKenney 

    7 years ago from United States

    Wow, I may actually have this grid thing figured out now. Thanks! I gave you an up vote and am now a follower. I hope you'll check out some of my hubs as well.

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