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# Points on the coordinate plane

Plot points on the coordinate plane in all four quadrants.
In this article, we're going to plot points in the coordinate plane. We'll start in the first quadrant.

### Example: Plotting the point $\left(7,4\right)$‍

Let's start by going to $7$ on the $x$-axis:
Now we go up $4$, and plot the point $\left(7,4\right)$:

### Practice

Problem 1
Plot the point $\left(2,8\right)$.

### Example: Plotting the point $\left(-5,-9\right)$‍

Let's start by going to $-5$ on the $x$-axis:
Now we go down $9$, and plot the point $\left(-5,-9\right)$:

### Practice

Problem 2A
Plot the point $\left(3,-4\right)$.

## Want to join the conversation?

• I'm confused, how is it 2.5?
• Its 2.5 because if you look its between 2 and 3 so mathematically between 2 and 3 has to be 2.5. Its pretty easy for me so ask questions if you have any.
• my mom made me do this
• When you do math, it is ok if you don’t like it because it isn’t that easy to start liking it. But It is also important that you understand and at least like it a little, too. It’s really important you’re learning.
• How can I count how many units away something is
• If you had two points, (-5, 2) and (3, 2), you would add 5 and 3, which would give you 8, so (-5, 2) and (3, 2) are 8 units away. I hope you understand this better, but it is hard to explain because your question was so broad.
• how do i know how the graph will be palced
• It's always the same no matter what sometimes the numbers are placed different but that's it.
• what happens when a letter is in the y axis
• The X-axis is horizontal (left and right) and the Y-axis is vertical (up and down). Basically; for the Y-axis, just go up for positive numbers, and down for negative.
• I like this lesson, its really simple and easy to do.
• I agree. I love coordinate planes!
• i don't get how to do this if b is in the middle of -3 and -2 what is the answer?
• the answer would be -2.5