# What are coordinates in maths ks2?

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## What are coordinates in maths ks2?

Coordinates are two numbers (Cartesian coordinates), or sometimes a letter and a number, that locate a specific point on a grid, known as a coordinate plane. A coordinate plane has four quadrants and two axes: the x axis (horizontal) and y axis (vertical).

### How do you work out coordinates in math?

A point on a grid contains two numbers to let us know a position. These numbers are the coordinates. They are provided by first giving the number of steps across (x-axis) followed by the steps up or down (y-axis).

**What is the correct order for coordinates?**

The order in which you write x- and y-coordinates in an ordered pair is very important. The x-coordinate always comes first, followed by the y-coordinate. As you can see in the coordinate grid below, the ordered pairs (3,4) and (4,3) are two different points!

**How do you remember the difference between latitude and longitude?**

The easiest way to remember the difference between latitude and longitude is by associating the terms with different parts of a ladder. Lines of latitude run east and west. Lines of latitude run horizontally around the Earth and tell you how far north or south you are from the Equator. Image: NASA, public domain.

## What are the 5 difference between latitude and longitude?

The locations on the Earth’s surface are determined by two reference lines known as latitude and longitude….What is the difference between Latitude and Longitude?

Latitude | Longitude |
---|---|

The length of the lines are different | The length of the lines are the same |

It classifies heat zones | It classifies time zones |

There are 180 latitude lines | There are 360 longitude lines |

### How do you distinguish latitude and longitude?

Lines of latitude run North-South, while lines of longitude run East-West. Lines of latitude and lines of longitude both run North-South. Lines of latitude run East-West, while lines of longitude run North-South.

**Which coordinates are written correctly?**

When writing latitude and longitude, write latitude first, followed by a comma, and then longitude. For example, the above lines of latitude and longitude would be written as “15°N, 30°E.”