There are many mathematical concepts that we use in day-to-day life which include negative numbers such as temperature, timings, speed, time, distance, and many more things. One of the things which also represents mathematics in day-to-day life is coordinates. The coordinates are the numbers marked to locate a place in a map that directs to the location in a clear way. This is related to the geographical concepts of longitude and latitudes. Though point coordinates on the graph are not similar to the map the motive is derived from the same.

What is coordinates?

In geometry, coordinates are present to define an exact position—using numbers. There are many coordinate systems that can be implemented, but the dominant one is the Cartesian system, named after Renatus Cartesius. Descartes presented his coordinate Geometry, 1637, one of three appendices to his philosophical work, in which he gave methods for arriving at truth in the sciences. The other two appendices were on light and the weather.

Age and use of coordinates

the study of geometry was transposed by coordinate geometry, which had almost evolved since Euclid had written Elements in ancient Greece some 2,000 years ago. It also revolutionized algebra by turning equations into lines. By using Cartesian coordinates, mathematical relationships were interpreted by the scholars. Lines, surfaces, and shapes could also be interpreted as a series of defined points, leading to changes in the way people thought about natural phenomena. In the case of events such as volcanic eruptions or droughts, plotting elements such as intensity, duration, and frequency could help to identify trends.

Story of coordinates

The coordinates can be obtained by various types and methods but the main method to get these is finding the point by referring to a point in a plain. This came to the existence where the mathematician imagined the point in the room and tried with the edges of the wall to come and decide the plain and then refer to the other objects for coordinates. This way he came up with the idea of the cartesian plane and plotted the points on it.

The abscissa (value of x) always precedes the ordinate (value of y) to create the tuple (x, y). Although they were conceived before negative numbers were fully accepted, coordinates now often include both negative and positive values—negative values below and to the left of the origin; positive values above and to the right of the origin. The two axes create a field of points called a coordinate plane, which extends outward in two dimensions with the origin (0,0) at the center. Any point on that plane, which could stretch to infinity, can be described exactly using a pair of number


The referencing done in the plane and maps where the coordinates denote the area or the specific place and denoting it makes it easy with the use of coordinate geometry. This tells us that the location of the flying celling can be expressed in the mathematical term.