# How do you use a scale to measure distance?

## How do you use a scale to measure distance?

If the scale is a verbal statement (i.e. “1 inch equals 1 mile”), determine the distance by simply measuring it with a ruler. 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.

## How can we describe the scale for a scale drawing?

The scale is shown as the length in the drawing, then a colon (“:”), then the matching length on the real thing. Example: this drawing has a scale of “1:10”, so anything drawn with the size of “1” would have a size of “10” in the real world, so a measurement of 150mm on the drawing would be 1500mm on the real horse.

What tools can be used to measure distance?

Top 5 Common Tools to Measure Distance – Ultimate Guide

• Ruler/Straight Edge Rule.
• Tape Measure.
• Measuring Tape Reel/Long Tape.
• Measuring Wheel.
• Laser Tape Measure.

### Why do we use a scale?

Scale is important simply because the magnitude of the problems faced in areas such as poverty reduction, the environment, gender issues and healthcare require solutions at scale. By their nature they are often cross-border or not focused solely on one location.

### How to calculate the distance on a scale?

Calculating the Actual Distance using the Scale. If the scale is 1 : x, then multiply the map distance by x to calculate the actual distance.

Where do you find the scale on a map?

Because an accurate map represents a real area, each map has a “scale” that indicates the relationship between a certain distance on the map and the distance on the ground. The map scale is usually located in the legend box of a map, which explains the symbols and provides other important information about the map.

#### What’s the best way to measure distance on a map?

Calculate the distance using the map’s scale. If you measured your string with a ruler, use the map’s fractional scale to find out the real-world distance by multiplying the string’s measurement by the number in the denominator of the fraction or right side of the ratio. Then, convert that number to a larger unit, such as miles or kilometers.

#### Is the distance on a map a verbal scale?

Verbal Scale: “1 centimetre on the map represents 500m on the ground” is a verbal scale. Clearly here a distance of 1cm on the map corresponds to 500m on the earth’s surface. So if you plan a route with a total distance of 22cm on the map, that would imply that you’ll be traveling (22cm x 500m) / 1cm = 11000m or 11km on the ground.