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### Lab three map scale

1. 1. Map Scale Lab Three
2. 2. Map Scale <ul><li>The scale of a map indicates how much the Earth has been reduced for reproduction on that map. </li></ul>
3. 3. <ul><li>In practical terms, scale is the relationship between the distance shown on a map and the actual distance that it represents on the Earth. </li></ul>Map Scale
4. 4. Ways to Indicate Scale <ul><ul><li>Graphic scales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>See figure 1 in lab manual </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fractional scales </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Example 1:24,000 </li></ul></ul></ul>Graphic Scale There are two common ways to indicate the scale of a map:
5. 5. Graphic Scales <ul><li>The graphic scale of a map is a bar graph graduates by distance. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Figure one in the lab manual shows the graphic map scale from a U.S. Geological Survey topographic map. </li></ul></ul>
6. 6. <ul><li>To use a graphic scale, simply measure a distance on the map (or mark off the distance on the edge of a piece of paper), then compare the measured distance to the bar graph to determine the actual distance represented. </li></ul>Graphic Scales
7. 7. Graphic Scales <ul><ul><li>On some graphic scales, “zero” is not at the far left, this is to make it easier to read fractions. </li></ul></ul>
8. 8. <ul><li>Graphic scales are useful since they remain accurate even if the map is enlarged or reduced. </li></ul>Graphic Scales
9. 9. Fractional Scale <ul><li>The fractional scale or the representative scale expresses the scale of a map as a fraction or ratio. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1/24,000 or 1:24,000 </li></ul></ul>
10. 10. Fractional Scale: 1/24,000 or 1:24,000 <ul><li>This scale, which is read “one to twenty-four thousand”, says that one unit of measurement on the map represents 24,000 units of measurement on the Earth. </li></ul>
11. 11. <ul><li>At this scale, one centimeter on the map represents an actual distance of 24,000 centimeters on the Earth, and one inch on the map equals 24,000 inches on the map. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Units of measurement must be the same in both the numerator and the denominator. </li></ul></ul>Fractional Scale: 1/24,000 or 1:24,000
12. 12. Computing Distances with Fractional Scales <ul><li>Use a ruler to measure the distance on the map in inches (or centimeters). This is the measured distance . </li></ul><ul><li>Multiply the measured distance by the map’s fractional scale denominator. This will give you the actual distance in inches (or centimeters). </li></ul><ul><li>To convert your actual distance in inches (or centimeters) to other units, use the following formulas: </li></ul>To determine distances represented on a map by using the fractional scale:
13. 13. Conversions <ul><li>To determine the distance in feet , actual distance in inches / 12 </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the distance in miles , actual distance in inches / 63,360 </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the distance in meters , actual distance in centimeters / 100 </li></ul><ul><li>To determine the distance in kilometers , actual distance in centimeters / 100,000 </li></ul>
14. 14. English Measurements <ul><li>1 mile = 5280 ft </li></ul><ul><li>1 mile = 63360 inches </li></ul><ul><li>1 foot = 12 inches </li></ul>
15. 15. Metric Measurements <ul><li>1 Kilometer (Km) = 1,000 meters (m) </li></ul><ul><li>1 Kilometer (Km) = 100,000 cm </li></ul><ul><li>1 Kilometer (Km) = 1,000,000 mm </li></ul><ul><li>1 meter = 100 centimeters (cm) </li></ul><ul><li>1 centimeter = 10 millimeters (mm) </li></ul>
16. 16. Examples <ul><li>If a map has a scale of 1/24,000, a measured distance of 8.25 inches on the map represents an actual distance of 198,000 inches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>8.25 X 24,000 = 198,000 inches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>198,000 inches / 12 = 16,500 feet </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>198,000 inches / 63,360 = 3.1 miles </li></ul></ul>
17. 17. Examples <ul><li>If a map has a scale of 1/50,000, a measured distance of 22 centimeters on the map represents an actual distance of 1,100,000 cm </li></ul><ul><ul><li>22 cm X 50,000 = 1,100,000 cm </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To calculate the actual distance in meters and kilometers: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>1,100,000 cm / 100 = 11,000 meters </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>1,100,000 cm / 100,000 = 11 kilometers </li></ul></ul>
18. 18. Large Versus Small Scale Maps <ul><li>Large scale maps refer to maps with a relatively large representative fraction such as 1/10,000. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Large scale maps show a small area of the Earth in great detail. </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Small scale maps refer to maps with a relatively small representative fraction like 1/1,000,000. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Small scale maps show large areas in less detail. </li></ul></ul>Small Scale Medium Scale Large Scale