# Cartesian Co-ordinate Games

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When you play battleships you are learning more than just how to blow up your partner’s ships. It is a great way to learn about cartesian co-ordinates and mapping. Here is a selection of videos about the cartesian plane or cartesian co-ordinate mapping system from Online-math-learning.  This simple maze game from Shodor Interactives requires the player to use cartesian co-ordinates to map a route to the target, avoiding the mines. The Graph Mole has two versions of the game with an animated introduction to cartesian co-ordinates. You could also use a grid on the interactive whiteboard in Elluminate or GroupBoard to set up your own battleships game with a partner. This game at “Free Online games” would be a whole lot better if it used mapping co-ordinates instead of just ‘point and click’ to the target square. IXL maths has some activities, including “points on the cartesian plane” and “co-ordinate graphs as maps“.

This one, “Co-ordinate Battleships”, created by Colin from Flying Colours Maths in UK, is especially good because it has both positive and negative co-ordinates. Play against the computer by typing the co-ordinates into the box. if anyone finds a way to play with a partner using an online whiteboard or grid co-ordinates, please let me know by leaving a comment in the chat.

## 13 thoughts on “Cartesian Co-ordinate Games”

• October 25, 2010 at 12:08 pm

i leant that when your playing battle ships if u dont hav any hits u put in random ones

• October 25, 2010 at 12:09 pm

battleships was hard cause u couldnt find them easy

• October 26, 2010 at 2:18 pm

the target one is hard when you have 30 mines

• October 26, 2010 at 2:21 pm

the simple maze game was fun when you know what to do. i didnt really like the mole game.

• October 26, 2010 at 2:23 pm

i play that mole game it was realy easy
by sophie

• October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

the maze game is really good know i that x is down the bottom

• October 26, 2010 at 2:24 pm

my favourite game was the target game. 🙂

• October 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm

the graph mole was fun but the mole was so ugly and battle ships was a bit hard

• October 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

I learnt that you write x before y when writing co-ordanites

• October 26, 2010 at 2:29 pm