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Coordinates in Different Dimensions

One of the most important insights we can transmit to students at all levels is the utility of coordinate descriptions both to specify locations and to give instructions. Examples of coordinates can be made available at every stage of a child's development. There is no best way to develop understanding of different coordinate dimensions. You don't have to learn the first dimension completely before going into the second and then the third (and beyond). The invitation to examine coordinates from a dimensional standpoint is available at all times: we only have to make students aware of what they are seeing. Although experiences of different dimensions are always present, it is useful for our present analysis to separate phenomena according to the number of coordinates needed to locate a position or give an instruction.


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