# Coordinate Systems

by Michaela Velichka (brueckj23)

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Navigating the World of Coordinate Systems
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By: Michaela Velichka
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Chapter 2:

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Resources
Introduction to the Coordinate System
Ordered Pairs
Plotting Points in the First Quadrant
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Chapter 2 features a video by Miss V.! Find me, Mario, in Chapter 3!
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Coordinate System
The coordinate system is a system of numbers used for describing the location of points on a coordinate plane, or a flat (2D) surface.

The coordinate system is formed by two intersecting, perpendicular number lines. These number lines are called axes. The horizontal axis is called the x-axis. The vertical axis is called the y-axis.
y-axis
x-axis
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Coordinate System
y-axis

To remember which axis is which, try using one of the following clues about the y-axis:

The y-axis goes up and down like a yo-yo

OR

State the phrase "Y to the sky!"
x-axis
Chapter 1: Introduction to the Coordinate System
The point, or location in space, where the axes meet is called the origin. Both the x and y values at this point are 0. In the next chapter, we will discuss how to write the coordinates of a point.

The coordinate plane can be divided into four quadrants, as pictured to the right. We will begin working on writing ordered pairs and graphing points in the first quadrant in chapters 2 and 3.
y-axis
origin
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