# What are coordinates?

## Coordinates

A point on a grid has **two numbers** to identify its position. These numbers are known as coordinates.

Coordinates are always written as the number of steps across first, then the number of steps up or down.

Grids have **two axes**. The **horizontal axis is called the x-axis** and the **vertical axis is called the y-axis**. These axes can be used to find a point on a grid.