Ch 1: Virginia SOL - World Geography: Studying Geography

About This Chapter

Go through these video lessons for some important facts on the study of geography. This information will be needed if you are planning on taking the Virginia SOL Exam on World Geography.

Virginia SOL World Geography: Studying Geography- Chapter Summary

Before you take the Virginia Standards of Learning (SOL) Exam on world geography, you should familiarize yourself with some topics related to the study of geography itself. These topics are included in the video lessons you will find in this chapter. The lessons will each teach you a specific point you will need to know for the exam, such as:

  • The definition, facts and types of geography
  • The five themes of geography
  • Tools of geography
  • Different types of maps
  • World maps
  • Map projections
  • Mental maps

The chapter also includes practice quizzes that you can use to test your understanding of these topics, and others you will need to know for the exam. Once you've completed the chapter, you'll have a much better chance of doing well on the Virginia SOL Exam itself.

11 Lessons in Chapter 1: Virginia SOL - World Geography: Studying Geography
Test your knowledge with a 30-question chapter practice test
What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

1. What is Geography? - Definition, Facts & Types

This lesson will define and explore the study of geography. In doing this, it will also explain the two main branches of geography, which are physical and cultural geography.

What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

2. What Are The Five Themes of Geography?

After watching this video, you will be able to explain what geography is and describe the five key themes that make up geography. A short quiz will follow.

Geography Tools: Maps, GPS & GIS

3. 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.

Geography Tools: Fieldwork, Databases & Primary Sources

4. Geography Tools: Fieldwork, Databases & Primary Sources

Geographers study physical space, but how do they do this? Let's take a look at the data and sources used by geographers and see how this evidence is gathered.

Geography Tools: Photographs, Globes & Diagrams

5. Geography Tools: Photographs, Globes & Diagrams

This lesson takes a peek into the geographer's toolkit to examine how they use photographs, globes, and diagrams to study our planet. This includes both aerial and satellite photographs, virtual globes, and diagrams we see every day.

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.

The World Map: Overview & Major Geographical Regions

7. 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.

Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

8. Thematic Maps: Definition & Types

Maps come in all shapes, sizes, and colors. In this lesson, we will review several examples of thematic maps and see how each can be used to analyze or disseminate data.

Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic

9. Map Projections: Mercator, Gnomonic & Conic

This lesson will explain and illustrate the Mercator, gnomonic, and conic map projections. In doing this, it will highlight the strengths and flaws of each while also defining the term 'cartographer'.

Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

10. Maps: Location, Scale & Orientation

Maps are something we assume will look a certain way, but that's not always true. In this lesson we will explore the real definition of maps and see how various people have used them.

Mental Maps in Geography

11. Mental Maps in Geography

Mental maps are such a part of our everyday life, we barely realize we're using them. Learn about this fascinating activity going on in our brains, including how our mental maps get distorted or refined.

Chapter Practice Exam
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Practice Final Exam
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