Ch 30: U.S. Geography Foundations & Tools

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This chapter provides lessons on the tools of geography and the main features and influences of U.S. geography. Discover the locations of some of America's main geographic features, compare life in different areas, and get to know about tools for use in geography.

U.S. Geography Foundation & Tools - Chapter Summary

These lessons are short and designed to be completed in no more than ten minutes each. They provide information on the geography of the United States. Examine the early United States and how it was influenced by geography. Take a look at North America's major features and locations, and study the regional divisions of the world.

Lessons also discuss tools used in geography. Get to know spatial, area and geographic systems analysis as contemporary approaches in geography. Get familiar with such geographic tools as maps, GIS and GPS, and learn about such lesson topics as:

  • Names of the regions of the U.S.
  • The United States' major landforms
  • Life in the United States' different locations
  • The definitions of areas such as scale, space and place
  • Map scale and projection
  • Latitude, elevation and longitude coordinates in geography

A short quiz is provided with each lesson for your use as a self-assessment as you progress through this chapter. You can track your progress on these studies on your dashboard.

12 Lessons in Chapter 30: U.S. Geography Foundations & Tools
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What are the Regions of the United States?

1. What are the Regions of the United States?

What are the regions of the United States? This lesson discusses the different regional areas and their significance to American culture. A short quiz will follow to test your knowledge.

How Geography Influenced the Early United States

2. How Geography Influenced the Early United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain how the settlements of the United States developed and how the geography of the natural landscape impacted the positions of those settlements. A short quiz will follow.

Locations of Major Features in North America

3. Locations of Major Features in North America

This lesson explores the major physical features of North America. It highlights places like Denali, Death Valley, the Great Lakes, and the Sierra Madres of Mexico.

Major Landforms in the United States

4. Major Landforms in the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what a landform is and describe some of the most important landforms in the United States. A short quiz will follow.

Comparing Life in Different Locations of the United States

5. Comparing Life in Different Locations of the United States

After watching this video, you will be able to describe in general terms life in the United States and how it varies by region, city versus country, and socioeconomic status. A short quiz will follow.

How the World is Divided Regionally

6. 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.

Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

7. Contemporary Approaches in Geography: Area, Spatial, Locational & Geographic Systems Analysis

If geographers study people and places, exactly how do they look at the information they find? In this lesson, we'll examine contemporary approaches to studying geography, including spatial, area, locational, and systems analysis.

How To Construct & Interpret Scale Maps

8. How To Construct & Interpret Scale Maps

Have you ever wanted to measure distances with something more exciting than inches or miles? Scale maps allow you to do just that! In this lesson, you'll learn about scale maps, as well as how to make your own.

Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

9. Geographical Similarities: Scale, Space & Place

You've probably heard, and even used, the words 'space' and 'place.' But do you know what they mean in the field of cultural geography? In this lesson, we'll look at how geographers define areas, including space, place, and scale.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

10. 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.

Map Projection & Scale

11. 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.

Geographic Coordinates: Latitude, Longitude & Elevation

12. 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.

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