Ch 35: Understanding the Study of Geography

About This Chapter

This chapter on the study of geography is an excellent resource for test preparation, covering geographic definitions of regions and explaining the tools that geographers use. This chapter is composed of text and video lessons with quizzes.

Understanding the Study of Geography - Chapter Summary

Geography is a foundational discipline within the natural sciences, and it's an integral component of integrative social studies topics. In this chapter, you will review the concept of 'region' and describe different types of regions. There are lessons dedicated to the tools and technology of the trade, including maps and GPS.

Completing all the lessons in this chapter can help you reach these objectives:

  • Describe several types of regions in the United States
  • Define and provide examples of terms including formal regions, functional regions, and vernacular regions
  • Compare how three types of map projection techniques affect the accuracy of the map
  • Explain what information is found on world, political, population, topographic, and weather maps
  • Provide examples of how remote sensing is applied in geography studies
  • Discuss how geographers use global positioning systems (GPS) and geographic information systems (GIS)

Our chapter on the study of geography is written by a team of subject-matter experts, and the material is enhanced by our video lessons. The videos reference numerous types of maps and clearly indicate the information they display. These visual elements can be very beneficial to helping you integrate this knowledge of geography. You can complete each lesson in the sequence one-by-one, or review a lesson multiple times. Each lesson offers a self-assessment, which you can complete to keep track of your progress.

6 Lessons in Chapter 35: Understanding the Study of Geography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
Region: Definition & Types

1. Region: Definition & Types

What exactly is a region? In this lesson, we're going to talk about the concept of regions and examine several different types that we can find here in the USA.

Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

2. Types of Regions: Formal, Functional & Vernacular

There are many different ways to divide land up into regions. In this lesson, we'll look at the common types of regions in geography, including formal regions, functional regions, and vernacular regions.

Map Projections: Types & Accuracy

3. Map Projections: Types & Accuracy

Learn about the different types of map projections and the different projection techniques that mapmakers use, including the Mercator projection, the Robinson projection, and the Lambert Conformal Conic projection. Each projection makes different trade-offs on accuracy.

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

4. 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.

What Is Remote Sensing?

5. 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.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

6. 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.

Chapter Practice Exam
Test your knowledge of this chapter with a 30 question practice chapter exam.
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Practice Final Exam
Test your knowledge of the entire course with a 50 question practice final exam.
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