# How would you plot the point #(-4,0)# on the cartesian plane?

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Nov 4, 2014

Cartesian Plotting involves 2 things:

- Horizontal Movements Left or Right
- Vertical Movements Up or Down

For a coordinate

Horizontal Movements

If x is positive, we move right. If x is negative, we move left.

Vertical Movements

If y is positive, we move up. If y is negative, we move down.

Always start at

Since -4 is negative, we move left 4 units.

Since 0 is neither greater or less than 0 we do not move up or down.

Therefore, we are left with are point being 4 units directly left of the origin.