Graph Picture: Plot the given coordinates then join them up to form a picture.
Middle of Centres: The blue point is exactly in the middle of two red points. What are their coordinates?
Refreshing Revision: It is called Refreshing Revision because every time you refresh the page you get different revision questions.
Two Twins and Tim: A tricky problem set on a coordinate grid.
Coordinates Advanced Starters:
Coordinate Distance: Find k given that(-2,k) is 13 units away from (10,9)
Curriculum for Coordinates:
Pupils should be taught to describe positions on the full coordinate grid (all four quadrants) more...
Years 7 to 9
Pupils should be taught to work with coordinates in all four quadrants more...
Years 12 and 13
Pupils should be taught to understand and use the coordinate geometry of the circle including using the equation of a circle in the form (x – a)2 + (y – b)2 = r2 Completing the square to find the centre and radius of a circle; use of the following properties: the angle in a semicircle is a right angle, the perpendicular from the centre to a chord bisects the chord, the radius of a circle at a given point on its circumference is perpendicular to the tangent to the circle at that point more...
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It is important that pupils become proficient at understanding coordinates at a basic level before using them in their study of graphs. Plotting points and finding the coordinates of points are the pre-requisite skills for studying a number of branches of mathematics.
Coordinates Teacher Resources:
Graph Paper: Flexible graph paper which can be printed or projected onto a white board as an effective visual aid.
Coordinate Plotter: Drag the given points so that they are in the correct positions according to their coordinates.
Coordinates: A self marking exercise on identifying coordinates culminating in finding the mid point of two given points.
Coordinates Picture: Plot the coordinates and join them with straight lines to produce a picture.
Plotting Graphs: Complete a table of values then plot the corresponding points to create a graph.
Transformations: Draw transformations online and have them instantly checked. Includes reflections, translations, rotations and enlargements.
Where's Wallaby?: Find the hidden wallaby using the clues revealed at the chosen coordinates.
Alternatively, for the more advanced student, there is an ever-growing collection of Exam-Style Questions with worked solutions on the topic of Coordinate Geometry.
Coordinate Plane and Plotting Points: A video explaining the vocabulary and showing how to plot points in all four quadrants.
Opposites: About the Japanese street grid system and other opposites.
Graph Picture Axes: Four sets of axes and coordinates from which reflecting pictures can be drawn.
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