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### Course: Geometry (all content)>Unit 6

Lesson 2: Coordinate plane: 4 quadrants

# Plotting a point (ordered pair)

Plotting ordered pairs on a coordinate plane is like a treasure hunt! The first number tells us how many steps to hop right or left on the x-axis. The second number guides us up or down on the y-axis. So, for (6, -8), we hop 6 steps right and 8 steps down. Voila, we've found our treasure! Created by Sal Khan and Monterey Institute for Technology and Education.

## Want to join the conversation?

• Whenever there's, like, (9,2), do you plot the 9 on the y axis, or the x axis?
• just think (x,y)
• What if the ordered pair is (-1, 0)? Then what quadrant is it in?
• If a point is on an axis, it is not considered to be in a quadrant. You would say that the point is on the x axis.
• What is the definition of an ordered pair? Can it be any pair of numbers?
• An ordered pair, as is typically meant in beginning algebra (though there are some more advanced meanings you'll get into later), is the x and y coordinates of a point, stated in that order. Thus, (3,4) is the ordered pair representing the point at x=3 and y=4. (4,3) is not the same, that is the point at x=4 and y=3.

Though you won't see this right away, "ordered pair" can be used to refer to any set of two numbers that have to be put in a specific order in order.
• How would you use plot graphs for equations?
• y=mx+c is the equation to find a STRAIGHT LINE GRAPH.
• How would you use plot graphs for equations?
• How do you plot (3/2,7/2) on a graph?
• Change each improper fraction to a mixed number or decimal.
(3/2,7/2) is (1 1/2, 3 1/2) or (1.5, 3.5)

Hope this helps.
• what if a number is a negative and it was also on the y or x axis?
• I know that in the video Sal is plotting a point, but why does he call it an"ordered pair?"
What even is an ordered pair!?