GST 101 - Module 3 Self-assessment Quiz

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Self-assessment quiz for GST 101 - Module 3 - Understanding Coordinate Systems


Questions and Answers
  • 1. 

    A round Earth can fit without distortion on a flat piece of paper.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    It is impossible to display anything that is round on a flat surface without creating some sort of distortion.

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  • 2. 

    A spherical coordinate system does not ignore the curvature of the Earth. 

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Spherical coordinate systems do not ignore the curvature of the Earth.

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  • 3. 

    Latitudes are also known as Meridians.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    Latitudes are also known as Parallels. They are called parallels because the latitude lines never touch, unlike Longitude lines (also known as Meridians) that touch at the North and South poles.

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  • 4. 

    The State Plane Coordinate System is a 2D Cartesian Coordinate System.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    The State Plane Coordinate System is a 2D Cartesian Coordinate System that covers the United States of America. Since it is a 2D coordinate system, it ignores the curvature of the Earth.

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  • 5. 

    A secant line touches a sphere at one location.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    A secant line touches a sphere at two locations. A tangent line touches a sphere at one location.

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  • 6. 

    A standard point or line is the location on a map projection where there will be no scale distortion.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Standard points and lines are locations where there is no scale distortion. Standard points and lines should be placed at or through locations of principal interest (or center) on the map to display that information with as little distortion as possible.

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  • 7. 

    There are three map projection properties: area, shape, and distance.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    B. False
    Explanation
    There are four map projection properties, area, shape, distance, and direction.

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  • 8. 

    A conformal map projection preserves area relationships on a map.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    A conformal map projection preserves size relationships on a map.

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  • 9. 

    A datum is a reference surface for measuring locations on the Earth.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Datums allow us to connect coordinate systems to the measured shape of the Earth.

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  • 10. 

    Lines of Latitude measure North-South and vary from +90°N to -90°S.

    • A.

      True

    • B.

      False

    Correct Answer
    A. True
    Explanation
    Latitude lines measure North-South +90°N to -90°S.
    Longitude lines measure East-West +180°E to -180°W.

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