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Number Line: Distance



This manipulative provides opportunities to:

  • Explore the distance between two objects, temperatures, or objects with two elevations

  • Transition between objects and points on the number line

  • Express the distance between objects as absolute value or directed distance

  • Orient the number line horizontally or vertically

PhET also provides translated versions of the simulation in multiple languages, teacher created activities, and with a free account you can access their teaching resources.

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Simulation by PhET Interactive Simulations, University of Colorado Boulder, licensed under CC-BY-4.0 (

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