Task# Distances between Points

Illustrative MathematicsVaries

The purpose of this task is for students to solve a mathematical problem using points in the coordinate plane. This task also helps lay the foundation for understanding operations on signed numbers without formally introducing those notions, which are not expected until 7th grade. Students will not have the full machinery needed to find distances between two arbitrary points in the plane until they have studied the Pythagorean Theorem in 8th grade. However, it is straightforward for them to find horizontal and vertical distances, which mirrors how one might represent sums and differences of signed numbers on a number line.