### Graphing points in the coordinate plane

Points in the coordinate plane are identified by coordinates given in the form $(\blueD{x},\greenD{y})$.

The $x$-coordinate represents a value on the$\blueD{\text{ horizontal}}$ axis.

The $y$-coordinate represents a value on the $\greenD{\text{vertical}}$ axis.

The $y$-coordinate represents a value on the $\greenD{\text{vertical}}$ axis.

**Example:**

Plot the point $(6, 4)$.

For $( \blueD{6}, \greenD{4})$ our $x$-coordinate is $\blueD6$, and our $y$-coordinate is $\greenD4$.

Let's start by going right to $\blueD{6}$ on the $x$-axis:

Now we go up to $\greenD4$ on the $y$-axis, and plot the point $(\blueD{6}, \greenD{4})$:

*Want to learn more about graphing points? Check out this video.*

*Want to learn about negative graphing points, too? Check out this article.*

## Identifying points

To determine the coordinates (or ordered pair) of a given point, we need to count the $\blueD{\text{horizontal}}$ and $\greenD{\text{vertical}}$ distance of the point from the $\redD{\text{origin (0, 0)}}$.

**Example:**

Use the following coordinate plane to determine the ordered pair for the given point.

Let's start by counting the distance from $(0, 0)$ to the given point on the $x$-axis:

The point is $\blueD3$ units to the right of the origin.

Now let's count the distance from $(0, 0)$ to the given point on the $y$-axis:

The point is $\greenD1$ unit above the origin.

The coordinates of the point are $(\blueD3, \greenD1)$.