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###### Shaun Mogoje
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# If the scale bar is 3m in distance how do u use it to determine the dimensions?

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To determine the dimensions using a scale bar, you need to measure the length of the scale bar on the map or drawing and then convert that measurement to the actual distance it represents.

For example, if the scale bar on the map is 3 cm long and represents a distance of 3 meters, you can calculate the scale factor by dividing the length of the scale bar on the map by the actual distance it represents:

Scale factor = Length of scale bar on map / Actual distance represented
Scale factor = 3 cm / 3 m = 1 cm/m

Once you have the scale factor, you can use it to determine the dimensions of other features on the map. For example, if a building on the map measures 6 cm in length, you can calculate its actual length by multiplying the measurement on the map by the scale factor:

Actual length = Measurement on map x Scale factor
Actual length = 6 cm x 1 cm/m = 6 meters

Therefore, the actual length of the building is 6 meters.
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more than 3 weeks ago
Measuring Distance on a Map:

1. Calculate the Scale Ratio: Divide the scale bar length (3m) by the corresponding distance on the map. For example, if the scale bar represents 1km on the map:

Scale Ratio = 3m / 1km = 1 / 333,333

2. Convert Map Distance to Real Distance: To determine the real distance of a feature on the map, multiply the map distance by the Scale Ratio. For instance, if a road on the map measures 5cm:

Real Distance = 5cm - 333,333 = 1.667km

3. Measure Map Dimensions: To determine the dimensions of a feature on the map, simply measure its length or width and multiply the result by the Scale Ratio. For example, if a building on the map has a length of 7cm:

Building Length (Real) = 7cm - 333,333 = 2.33m
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