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# If the distance between another two villages on the map is 48cm how far apart are they?

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- RRLv 51 month ago
What is the scale?

@ 1 cm = 1 km, they would be 48 km apart

@ 1 : 50,000, they would be 50,000 x 48 = 2,400,000cm

= 24 km apart

- mrh-slosLv 71 month ago
Depends on the scale. Two examples if the scale is 50000:1, [2cms-1km] then 24km [approx 15 miles]. If the scale is 1,000,000:1 [1cm:10km] then 480km [approx 300 miles].

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- Anonymous1 month ago
We need to know the scale of the map. Did your teacher really not say anything about scales on maps?

I note that, in 2 whole weeks, you have not come back to us and quoted the scale of the map, or told us that you now know what the scale of a map is and that you have worked out the distance by yourself. And there we were, trying to help you. Don't expect us to be so enthusiastic about helping you next time.

The scale will be something like 4 cms to 1 km (centimetres; kilometre) or a ratio such as 1 : 40,000 .

- JosephLv 71 month ago
Apparently you thought that the map scale was too trivial to mention but it actually makes a big difference in us being able to answer the question.

- busterwasmycatLv 71 month ago
need a scale to know. the scale is a fraction (or ratio) of some sort, usually. you convert from the map distance to "real" distance by dividing by the scale value (multiplying by the reduction factor). You may, or may not, have to convert units. Depends on how the scale is stated. For example, 1 inch equals 1 mile does not require converting from a map measurement in inches to miles because that is defined in the scale. 1:20,000 though, would require converting from inches to miles. The number from multiplying by 20,000 would be in inches, but you likely would want miles.

Metric measurements are way easier to convert, of course. Just matters how many zeroes are used in the number.