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Learners use Cartesian coordinates or degrees of latitude and longitude to locate important locations within their specific countries. They Use a grid to apply the concept of latitude and longitude, or positive and negative Cartesian coordinates, to determine the position of an object in the room.
Students demonstrate industrial literacy. They conduct problem solving, graphing, note taking, and self management skills. They construct then plot, Absolute and Relative Cartesian Coordinates and Absolute and Relative Polar Coordinates.
Students use a map and the Cartesian coordinate system to establish a grid system over an archaeological site, labeling each grid unit. They also determine the location of artifacts within each grid unit and construct a scientific inquiry concerning the location of artifacts on the site.
Students use a map to the limestone cave that they created using clay and sugar cubes using Cartesian coordinates as a guide to help them recreate a blueprint of the interior of their cave.
Students explore the three dimensional Cartesian coordinate system and discuss how it is important for structural engineers in order to be able to describe locations in space to fellow engineers. They participate in a hands-on activity in which they practice finding points in space, and describing the location of given points in space.
The class has a brief review of polar and Cartesian coordinates. Then they get to play battleship and discover polar coordinates in more depth. They get a lot of practice converting from polar to Cartesian coordinate points and vice versa. Sounds like fun!!
Students explore the concept of the coordinate plane. For this coordinate plane lesson, students graph points on the coordinate plane using an applet. Students graph functions using an applet. Students play a Maze Game where they must use coordinates to solve the maze.
In this Cartesian coordinates worksheet, 11th graders solve and complete 4 different multiple choice problems. First, they express each of the Cartesian coordinates provided as polar coordinates. Then, students find the Cartesian coordinates of each of the listed polar points.
In this Cartesian coordinate worksheet, students eliminate cross-product terms by a rotation of the axes, graph polar equations, and find the equation for a tangent line. This two-page worksheet contains approximately 30 problems.
Students are shown the conversion formula. In this conversion between polar and cartesian coordinates lesson, students are presented with a formula for converting between two types of coordinates. Two examples are included in the lesson. Student assignment is listed, but not included in the lesson.
Students explore the Cartesian coordinate plane and plot points on the graph. They interpret coordinates for a point from the graph and give the ratio of rise over run for slope.
Students research the Cartesian Coordinate System and its many uses in the world of mathematics and algebra.
Students are able to identify ordered pairs on coordinate plane, and graph points on a coordinate plane. They are able to write an ordered pair for each of the points on a graph, and create a design or picture using ordered pairs.
Students examine the four quadrants of Cartesian coordinate plane. They play maze games and coordinate games to discover how to read and plot points on the plane. Students plot points on the coordinate plane and examine the ratio of rise over run for the slope.
Working independently or in teams, your class practices connecting graphs, formulas and words. This lesson includes a guided discussion about distance vs. time graphs and looking at how velocity changes over time.  
In this distance between stars learning exercise, students use the 3-dimensional distance formula and Cartesian coordinates to find the distances of 10 given stars from the sun. They also determine which constellation each star belongs to and the distance from Polaris.
Using the Cartesian coordinate system, future flight experts plot points to determine whether or not an airplane will fly. With the four forces of weight, lift, drag, and thrust represented in different quadrants, your physics learners can discover the proper combination. Though this is a theoretical exercise, it is ideal for helping them to understand how all of the forces interact to allow an airplane to allow aerial navigation.
Elementary schoolers create and label the important components of a Cartesian coordinate system. Along with paper and pencil work, groups of pupils access the "General Coordinates Game" online to get further practice in these unique mathematical calculations. There is a terrific worksheet embedded in the plan, as well as a website that learners who need more practice can access. A most-impressive plan!
Students investigate points in the Cartesian coordinate plane.  For this points in the Cartesian coordinate plane lesson, students use a simulator to move points around the coordinate plane.  Students identify the signs of the x and y coordinates in the various quadrants.  Students determine where small and large x and y values are on the axes.
High schoolers explore the concept of the cartesian coordinate system.  In this cartesian coordinate system instructional activity, students describe the coordinates of a point in the cartesian coordinate system.  High schoolers discuss what quadrants a coordinate is in and if point is allowed to lie on the x or y axis.

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