Types of Scales: Map Scales & Relative Scales


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What type of map scale is pictured?

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1. If a map's scale says that one inch equals 10 miles and you want to travel between two points that are 10 inches apart on the map, how far will you travel in reality?

2. If, when looking at a map, you notice it says, 'One inch equals 50 miles', you know the map used a _____ scale.

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Your knowledge of map scales and relative scales will be assessed with this quiz/worksheet. See what you know about important concepts from the lesson, like interpreting a map scale in a given image and solving a travel problem on a map where 1 inch = 10 miles.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

These points will be highlighted on the quiz:

  • Type of scale that uses words instead of a math formula
  • The relative scale used in a sample map
  • Difference between map scales and relative scales

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - make sure you know the most important information from the lesson on scales, including how to work with a map scale where 1 inch represents 10 miles
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding a scale that uses words rather than math formulas
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about the relative scale used in a sample map image
  • Distinguishing differences - compare and contrast map scales and relative scales

Additional Learning

To learn more about scales and how they're used, you can review the lesson named Types of Scales: Map Scales & Relative Scales. These key topics will be covered in greater detail:

  • Map scales that are used for geographical purposes
  • Details that are expressed through map scales
  • What 'level of aggregation' means