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# How are distances shown on maps?

## How are distances shown on maps?

For example, if the scale says 1 inch = 1 mile, then for every inch between the two points on the map, the real distance on the ground is that number in miles. If your measurement on the map is 3 5/8 inches, that would be 3.63 miles on the ground.

### How do you scale a world map?

Here are four simple steps you’ll want to follow:

1. Find a map of an area you want to use.
2. Find both the actual and measured distances of two points on your map.
3. Divide the actual distance by the measured distance on the map for your scale.
4. Place your scale numbers on the map.

What is a map distance scale?

Map scale refers to the relationship (or ratio) between distance on a map and the corresponding distance on the ground. For example, on a 1:100000 scale map, 1cm on the map equals 1km on the ground.

How do you use a map scale?

Multiply the number of inches on the map times the scale to determine the true distance. For example, if the distance on the map was 5.5 inches and the scale was 1:6,336,000, the true distance would be 550 miles. To convert an area, convert the dimensions using the scale and then find the true area.

## How do u calculate distance?

To solve for distance use the formula for distance d = st, or distance equals speed times time. Rate and speed are similar since they both represent some distance per unit time like miles per hour or kilometers per hour. If rate r is the same as speed s, r = s = d/t.

### What does a 1 50000 scale mean?

A map would also usually give its scale numerically (“1:50,000”, for instance, means that one cm on the map represents 50,000cm of real space, which is 500 meters)

What is the scale of 1cm to 2km?

A scale of 1:50000 (say 1 in 50000) means that 1 cm measured on a map is equivalent to 50000 cm along the actual ground. That is 1 cm equals 1/2 kilometre.