Cartesian Plane


The Euclidean plane parametrized by coordinates, so that each point is located based on its position with respect to two perpendicular lines, called coordinate axes. They are two copies of the real line, and the zero point lies at their intersection, called the origin. The coordinate axes are usually called the x-axis and y-axis, depicted above. Point P is associated with the coordinates (x,y) corresponding to its orthogonal projections onto the x-axis and the y-axis respectively.

See also

Abscissa, Analytic Geometry, Cartesian, Cartesian Coordinates, Cartesian Equation, Cartesian Geometry, Complex Plane, Coordinate System, Euclidean Plane, Ordinate, Origin, Quadrant, x-Axis, y-Axis

This entry contributed by Margherita Barile

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Latham, M. L. and Smith, D. E. The Geometry of René Descartes, with a Facsimile of the First Edition, 1637. La Salle, IL: Open Court, 1952.

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