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What's the Point?

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The applet on this page let's you draw and find points in the Cartesian Coordinate system.

Clicking on the Applet brings up a Control Window and a Drawing Window. To exit the program click again on the applet, or click on "Quit" in the Control Window. When using the applet for the first time click on "New" a few times to see a point in the Drawing Window and its coordinates in the Control Window. You can resize the Drawing Window if you wish.

Points lie at the intersections of the green grid lines in the Drawing Window and can be specified with one digit beyond the decimal point. Clicking elsewhere, or entering more digits, causes the point or its coordinates to be rounded.

You can use the software in five modes, selected by the menu shown in blue in control window::

  1. Show Point. You enter numbers in the text fields of the control window and the corresponding point appears in the drawing window.

  2. Show Coordinates. You click on a point in the drawing widow and its coordinates show up in the text fields of the Control Window.

  3. Guess Point. You locate the point in the Drawing Window whose coordinates are given in the Control Window, and click on that point. If you guessed right the point will be drawn, if you are wrong nothing happens.

  4. Guess Coordinates. You figure out the coordinates of the point drawn in the Drawing Window and enter them in the Control Window. If you are correct then the appropriate text field changes color, and your coordinate is displayed by it.

  5. Examples. The software shows both the point and its coordinates. This is the default mode. See another point by clicking on "New" in the control window.

The Controls in the Control Window have the following effects: