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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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A simple game to teach coordinates: Hit the Coordinate

Does it work for you?

"The physicists defer only to mathematicians, and the mathematicians defer only to God ..." - Leon M. Lederman

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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I also redid this page: Cartesian Coordinates

I would appreciate feedback on it

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

On Cartesian Coordinates:

Looks really good and easy to understand. I think it is more common to have the Z and Y axes switched. At least I am more used to that.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-06-30 23:23:22)*

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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So x is left-right, y is up-down and z heads off "into the page" ... ?

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**mathsyperson****Moderator**- Registered: 2005-06-22
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I think it's fine as it is. The x-y plane is the same as it was before, we're just looking at it from a different angle because otherwise the z-arrow would be pointing right at us and be hard to see.

Why did the vector cross the road?

It wanted to be normal.

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

The 3D coordinate system at the bottom of the page:

http://www.mathsisfun.com/data/cartesian-coordinates.html

Mathsyperson is correct, we can look at it from any angle but generally, x is left to right, y is up and down and z is coming out of the page. I am not proposing you change the directions of the axes. Just to relable them. Don't get me wrong, I think the page is excellent.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-07-01 06:47:50)*

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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**MathsIsFun****Administrator**- Registered: 2005-01-21
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Thanks guys, very helpful.

I updated the 3d graph to have z coming out of the page ... does it look right?

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**bobbym****Administrator**- From: Bumpkinland
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Hi MathsisFun;

It looks great to me, I asked our tensor and vector guru to look at it and he thought it was fine.

My father used to erect small monuments, he always first put them up using instruments so it was truly level. Then he would step back and look at it, if it looked crooked to his eye he would straighten it according to sight. Even if the instruments disagreed.

You have a better sense of the artistic than him or I. How does it look to you? Adjust it accordingly.

*Last edited by bobbym (2009-07-04 08:22:02)*

**In mathematics, you don't understand things. You just get used to them.****If it ain't broke, fix it until it is.** **A number by itself is useful, but it is far more useful to know how accurate or certain that number is.**

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