Cartesian Coordinates Teacher Resources
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Plane Ole Plotting
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.
4th - 6th Math CCSS: Designed
Introduction to Polar coordinates
The class practices plotting points in a Cartesian coordinate system and a Polar coordinate system. They convert from one system to the other to get coordinates to plot. Then they play a Tic-Tac-Toe or Connect Four game to have a friendly practice activity.
11th - 12th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Polar Coordinates 2
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.
10 mins 11th - Higher Ed Math
Graphing the Four Forces
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.
9th - 12th Science
Where Are We?
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.
9th - 12th Math
Gridding A Site
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.
4th - 8th Science
Polar and Cartesian Coordinates
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!
11th - 12th Math
Where in the World is South Carolina?
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.
7th - 9th Math
Graphing and the Coordinate Plane
Ready to introduce your class to the coordinate plane? This website includes a detailed lesson plan that includes two interactive games to help learners practice graphing ordered pairs. The scripted discussion is a little cheesy and a little more direction might be necessary for the games, but would be an easy way to practice graphing online.
5th - 8th Math CCSS: Adaptable
Graphing and the Coordinate Plane
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.
7th - 8th Math
Distances Between Stars
In this distance between stars activity, 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.
8th - 11th Math