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Describing position - Coordinates


Coordinates are incredibly handy. They are used to help pinpoint locations on a map and pilots use them to know which airport to fly to.

Coordinates are plotted on a pair of axes and show the exact position of a point.


Coordinates use two numbers and can be written like this (2, 1).

  • The first number relates to the x-axis (the horizontal line across the bottom).
  • The second number relates to the y-axis (the vertical line on the left hand side).

On the grid below, the coordinates for the star are (2, 1). The number on the x-axis is 2. The number at the y-axis is 1.  



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Coordinates - Primary