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Distances in the Coordinate Plane

Published on 07/01/2010

Activity Overview

In this activity, students will explore distances in the coordinate plane. After displaying the coordinates of a segment’s endpoints, students will substitute these values into the distance formula and compare the results to the measured length of the segment. Then students will find the distance between the endpoints using the Pythagorean Theorem.

Key Steps

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    On page 1.3, students will construct a segment in the first quadrant. Using the Point On tool from the Points & Lines menu, students should plot two points directly on grid points. Then, they should connect the points using the Segment tool, also from the Points & Lines menu.