Coordinates of a Point

How to determine coordinates of a point?

On a graph paper draw X'OX and YOY'. Here X'OX and YOY’ be the two coordinate axes. 

Coordinates of a Point

Then mark a point on the graph and name the point as P such that P is at the perpendicular distance of a units from the y-axis and again similarly b units from the x-axis. Then, we denote that the coordinates of P are P(a, b)

From the above discussion, a is called the abscissa or x-coordinate of P and b is called the ordinate or y-coordinate of P. 





Examples to get coordinates of a point:

1. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 2 units and the distance of P from x axis is 3 units.

Coordinate of a Point

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (2, 3).


2. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 5 units and the distance of P from x axis is 5 units.

The Coordinates of a Point

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (5, 5).


3. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 7 units and the distance of P from x axis is 4 units.

Find the Co-ordinate of Point

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (7, 4).

4. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 0 units and the distance of P from x axis is 0 units.

Determine Coordinates of a Point

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (0, 0).


5. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 0 units and the distance of P from x axis is 3 units.

Examples to get Coordinates of a Point

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (0, 3).


6. In the adjoining figure, to find the co-ordinate of point P the distance of P from y-axis is 6 units and the distance of P from x axis is 0 units.

Coordinates of a Point P

Therefore the co-ordinates of point P are (6, 0).

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