What is a Map Scale? - Definition, Types & Examples


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A map scale is a ratio of _____ on a map to the actual ground.

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1. In a bar scale, the distance ratio to be used on the map is represented _____.

2. In a lexical scale, the distance ratio used on the map is represented _____.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet combo will focus on examples and types of map scales. Students will also have to use their knowledge to determine distances traveled.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You'll be tested on the following topics:

  • Lexical scales and how a distance ratio would be represented on a map
  • Bar scales
  • Mathematical equations that depict traveling distances
  • Equations that measure distances on a map

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can describe what a map scale is
  • Problem solving - access the knowledge you've gained about map scales in order to solve traveling distance equations
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the different kinds of map scales and how they are used

Additional Learning

If you would like to learn more about this topic, review the lesson called What is a Map Scale? - Definition, Types & Examples. This lesson covers the following objectives:

  • Review how to read a map
  • Compare and contrast lexical scales and bar scales
  • Examine two maps in the lesson and discuss the types of scales used