Human Geography: Landscapes of Human Activities, 11th Edition (Fellmann)
Introduction: Some Background Basics
Objectives for Chapter 1After reading and studying this chapter, you should be able to:
1. Define and explain "geography."
2. Explain the evolution of the discipline of geography from ancient times to the present.
3. Explain the differences among human, regional, and physical geography.
4. List the types of employers that hire geographers.
5. Define the word "spatial" and use it as a geographer would.
6. Contrast and provide examples of absolute and relative location, site and situation, absolute and relative direction, and absolute and relative distance.
7. Explain scale as it is conceived by geographers and discuss how it applies to maps.
8. Compare the natural and cultural landscape and describe how the attributes of places change over time.
9. Discuss the basic ideas of spatial interaction.
10. Summarize the concepts of density, dispersion, and pattern.
11. Define the term "region" and demonstrate knowledge of functional, formal, and perceptual regions.
12. Identify different ways that maps show data.
14. Summarize the importance of mental maps.