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⏱️ November 19, 2020
In AP Human Geography nearly every topic can be represented in some way, shape, or form on a map, and the CollegeBoard loves to bring them up on multiple-choice and free-response questions. Therefore, it is integral to your success to understand the different types of maps and what they are used for. Let's dive in!
⚡ Read: AP Human Geography - Introduction to Maps and the Different Types of Maps
(I couldn’t resist making a Dora The Explorer reference.)
⚡ Watch: AP Human Geography - Maps, Maps, Maps
1. Topographic Maps 🗺
Topographic maps are usually designed to show the area’s topography, like its artificial and natural landscape markings.
In other words, there are different types of thematic maps, making each type special!
Choropleth maps are a type of thematic map which uses color variations (look at the map above) to express geographic variation from a certain theme.
Isoline maps are some of the most daily used maps.
Now dot-density maps are also another type of thematic maps. But, these maps use dots instead of lines, shapes and colors.
Flow-line maps are also another easy type of thematic map to understand.
The cartogram is now the final type of thematic map you will need to know for the exam and when it comes to these maps, remember they tend to focus more on expressing the data than the geography.
Mental maps are probably the most common map where everyone has seen one. But the unique thing with mental maps are that everyone has their own up in their own head.
🙏 Free Reviews 2020
🗺 Unit 1: Thinking Geographically
1.1Introduction to Maps and Types of Maps
1.5Humans and Environmental Interaction
👪 Unit 2: Population & Migration
2.0Unit 2 Overview: Population and Migration Patterns and Processes
2.5The Demographic Transition Model
2.6Malthusian Theory and Geography
2.10Push and Pull Factors in Migration
🕌 Unit 3: Cultural Patterns & Processes
3.1Introduction to Culture
3.4Types of Cultural Diffusion
3.7Diffusion of Religion and Language
🗳 Unit 4: Political Patterns & Processes
👨🌾 Unit 5: Agriculture & Rural Land-Use
5.0Unit 5 Overview: Agriculture and Rural Land-Use Patterns and Processes
5.1Introduction to Agriculture
5.2Settlement Patterns and Survey Methods
5.3Agricultural Origins and Diffusions
5.6Agricultural Production Regions
5.7Spatial Organization of Agriculture
5.9The Global System of Agriculture
5.10Consequences of Agricultural Practices
5.11Challenges of Contemporary Agriculture
🌇 Unit 6: Cities & Urban Land-Use
6.2Cities Across the World
6.4The Size and Distribution of Cities
6.5The Internal Structure of Cities
💸 Unit 7: Industrial & Economic Development
7.0Unit 7 Overview: Industrial and Economic Development Patterns and Processes
7.3Measures of Development
7.4Women and Economic Development
7.5Theories of Development
🧐 Multiple Choice Questions (MCQ)
Human Geography Multiple Choice Questions
Exam: Human Geography Multiple Choice
✍️ Free Response Questions (FRQ)
APHUG Practice Prompt Answers & Feedback
Human Geography Free Response Questions
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