Word Problem Wednesday: Find Your Way Using a Coordinate Plane

Jun 27, 2018 | Fort Collins

It’s a great time of year to get out and about! To travel to beaches and amusement parks, or even just take a bike ride and visit some friends around town. Summer wandering provides a great opportunity to practice some elementary math skills such as plotting distances on a coordinate plane. Grab some graph paper and take a shot at solving this week’s word problem challenge.

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Question: Chloe gets on her bike at home and rides 2 miles north to the post office. From there, she rides 3 miles west to the library. Then, she rides 4 miles south to the park, then 5 miles east to the farmer’s market. Finally, Chloe rides her bike 2 miles north to her friend Daniel’s house. How far away is Daniel’s house from Chloe’s house? In what direction?