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Map Scale ProblemA particular map of  city shows the major roads and highways. The...

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nhl123 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

Posted November 16, 2012 at 8:01 PM via web

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Map Scale Problem

A particular map of  city shows the major roads and highways. The intersection of a Highway 100 and James Street and the Intersection of the Don valley parkway road and Bloor Street East are 52.4 cm apart on this map. Determine the actual distance between these two points and calculate the scale of the map. ?????

How did we get the actual two distances??

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justaguide | College Teacher | (Level 2) Distinguished Educator

Posted November 21, 2012 at 7:02 AM (Answer #1)

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If the map is available and you know the distance between the cities on the map without a prior knowledge of the scale it is not possible to determine the actual distance between the two cities. It is also not possible to determine the scale of the map unless the actual distance between the cities is known.

Let the actual distance between the cities be X km, the scale of the map in that case would be X : 52.4.

It is not possible to determine the scale of the map or actual distance between the cities given only the distance of the cities on the map.

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