Ch 8: FTCE Social Science: Tools for Geography

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Let our video lessons and quizzes help you develop a deeper understanding of geographic tools and key terms. An entire competency area of the Florida Teacher Certification Examinations (FTCE) Social Science exam is devoted to geography.

FTCE Social Science: Tools for Geography - Chapter Summary

The lessons comprising this chapter encompass a brief but detailed look at the types and uses of geographic tools on which you will be tested when taking the FTCE Social Science exam. You'll learn more about older and more modern means of studying the earth, such as maps, global positioning systems and global information systems and their use in determining location and identifying specific regions. The results of reviewing these topics will help you with the following :

  • Defining longitude, latitude and coordinates
  • Comparing and contrasting features of maps, GPS and GIS
  • Noting major regions and subregions of the world
  • Understanding what continents are and how they formed
  • Identifying different types of maps and their uses
  • Relating what is meant by map projection
  • Describing the function of a map scale
  • Explaining the use of remote sensing in geography

The narrative text of each lesson is supported by illustrations and visual examples that help you understand the material quickly and easily, thereby preparing you for the FTCE Social Science exam. The self-assessment quizzes are great tools for determining your readiness for the test by presenting questions in the same multiple-choice format you'll encounter on the actual exam.

9 Lessons in Chapter 8: FTCE Social Science: Tools for Geography
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Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

1. Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

This lesson will seek to explain the geographic coordinate system. In doing so, it will explain latitude and longitude. It will also highlight the equator, the prime meridian, and the concept of elevation.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

2. Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

How can we study the earth and the features in it? Watch this lesson to find out more about common tools used in geography, including maps, global positioning systems, and geographic information systems, and their differences.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

3. The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

The world is a big place, but how well do you know it? In this lesson, we're going to look at a basic overview of major world regions and see how they collectively create the world map.

How the World is Divided Regionally

4. How the World is Divided Regionally

Humans love to classify things. After watching this video, you will be able to explain what continents and countries are and how today's continents formed. A short quiz will follow.

How to Locate Places on the World Map

5. How to Locate Places on the World Map

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what continents, countries, states, and counties are, and use them to locate a particular place on a world map. A short quiz will follow.

Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

6. Types of Maps: Population, Topographic, Weather, Political & World Maps

This lesson will explain the different types of maps used to interpret and study our world. In doing this, it will focus on maps that deal in elevation, population, weather patterns and more.

Using & Understanding Topographic Maps

7. Using & Understanding Topographic Maps

Topographic maps are useful because they help us understand and locate topographic features on Earth's surface. But in order to properly read a topographic map, you need to be able to interpret its lines, symbols, and shapes correctly.

Map Projection & Scale

8. Map Projection & Scale

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a map projection is, what a map scale is, and why they need to be carefully chosen when creating a map. A short quiz will follow.

What Is Remote Sensing?

9. What Is Remote Sensing?

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what remote sensing is, how it is used in geography, and give examples of remote sensing. A short quiz will follow.

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