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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.
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!
In this video, Sal shows an example of converting from polar coordinates to cartesian coordinates. Then he shows two examples of changing an equation written in cartesian coordinates to polar coordinates, including an example of how a basic circle equation looks simpler in polar coordinates.
Challenge your learners to wrap graph paper around a ping pong ball to represent the latitude and longitude of the earth. It just can't be done! But it's a great introduction to latitude and longitude. It can be looked at in two-dimensional form like looking at a map. This can be related to the Cartesian coordinate plane. It can also be looked at in three-dimensional form like on a globe. A great hands-on activity to learn about latitude and longitude.
Students 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.
Learners 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.
Fourth graders discover how to apply the Cartesian coordinate system by figuring out the length and width of their school playground. They determine that pacing is an important tool for the initial mapping of a site. Students conduct a simulated archeological site measurement by creating a grid of the playground and mapping make-believe artifacts.
Young scholars 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.
Fourth graders are introduced to how to properly create a grid site. In groups, they use Cartesian coordinates to establish the boundaries for the grid and photograph the location of artifacts. They exchange their photos with another group and they are to recreate the site exactly.
For this Cartesian plane worksheet, students examine the Cartesian plane.  They identify the y-axis, x-axis, origin and quadrants.  Students plot ordered pairs.  This four-page worksheet contains note, examples, and 4 problems.
Students investigate rational numbers through data analysis and statistics. In this algebra instructional activity, students represent, rename, compare and order rational numbers. They collect and represent data correctly on a graph.
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. In this coordinate plane instructional activity, 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 coordinate plane worksheet, students read a text about the history and uses of the coordinate system. Students answer 4 multiple choice questions about the article.
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.
For 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.

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