GEOG 3530 Study Sheet

Part I

  1. How do we acquire information for a mental map?
  2. What is the significance of the PDF map of Africa that I showed from the Perry-Castaneda site?
  3. Describe the early history of maps and the Internet.
  4. Describe the difference in map presentation between simple client/server maps and Ajax map.
  5. Functions associated with the right and left side of the brain. 
  6. How was longitude ultimately determined?
  7. How does geocoding of street addresses work?  
  8. In the formula for scaling the digital map, why are xmin and ymin added to the scaled values? What is the addition of these constants called?
  9. What are some advantages of object-oriented graphics for the production of maps?

Part II

  1. What is the distinction between server/client and P2P?
  2. Given the way Google Maps downloads maps, why is it now impossible to count the number of maps distributed through the Internet?
  3. What is the distinction between a thin and thick client, and how is a client made "thicker."
  4. What plug-ins are most useful for the distribution of maps?
  5. Which graphic file format is most commonly used for the distribution of maps?
  6. How many colors can be represented with 24 bits?
  7. Describe some characteristics of the following vector formats: PDF, SVG, Flash.
  8. Why would a 20" by 30" map that is scanned at 10,000 dots/inch produce a file of 180 GB?
  9. What is InkScape?
  10. What does "accessibility" mean for web pages and online maps?
  11. What is the primary benefit of XML?
  12. What is the difference between GML and SVG?

Coordinate Systems and Map Projections

  1. What two major attributes of a globe can some map projections preserve?
  2. Can any map projection depict distance correctly?
  3. Map projections can be classified based on the developable surface, and the resulting attributes. Explain these two classification methods.
  4. Draw the graticule for the following projections: Mercator, Sinusoidal, Mollweide, and Robinson
  5. What is the Tissot Indicatrix?
  6. What are the normal, transverse and oblique perspectives for the Mercator projection?
  7. How many zones in UTM? What is the false origin? 
  8. What measurement unit is used with State Plane?
  9. How is the State Plane false origin defined?
  10. How are townships numbered in the USPLS?
  11. What is the size of a township and section?
  12. How many sections in a township?  
  13. How many acres would the following designation be: NW 1/4, SW 1/4, NE 1/4?


1.     Two points are 5.7 apart on a 1:24000 map. What is the ground distance in miles and KM?

2.     Two points are 5.7 apart on a 1:24,000 map.  On another map, they are 4.4 apart.  What is the scale of this map?

3.     A field measure 5.7 by 4.4 on a 1:24,000 map.  What is the area in square miles and square KM?

4.     A lake measures 560 full cells and 1048 partial cells with 1/8 grid paper. Given that the map has a scale of 1:50,000, what is the area of the lake?