How to Identify Quadrants

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You can identify quadrants by looking for a few specific things. Learn how to identify quadrants with help from a mathematics educator in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Jimmy Chang. And we're here to talk about how to identify quadrants. Now, quadrants is one of those concepts where one you see and identify what the various quadrants are, you'll be able to use them in all of your math courses going forward. So, we're going to first draw your typical X Y coordinate system and the first that you gotta think about is the quadrants are in a counterclockwise pattern. So, let's talk about the very first quadrant which is the first most straightforward one of them all. And the first quadrant is in the top right hand side. Now in the first quadrant, both your x coordinates and you y coordinates are going to be both positive. So, that's the easiest quadrant arguably of all of them because they're both positive. Now, when you go on to quadrant number two, you will see that this is the quadrant where the x coordinates are going to be negative, and the y coordinates are going to be positive. So, there is a little bit of difference as we go from quadrant one to two. Now, with quadrant number three, which is the bottom left quadrant, this is probably the second easiest quadrant to remember, simply because in quadrant number three, both the x coordinates and the y coordinates are negative. So, quadrant three is kind of like the opposite of quadrant number one. And last but not least, we come to quadrant number four. This one where the x coordinates are going to positive and the y coordinates are going to be negative. So, what you gotta think about is that quadrants do go in a counterclockwise order and you just have to keep in mind what the different signs of each x and each y are going to be. So, I'm Jimmy Chang and that's how you identify quadrants.

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