New Outline for Geog 104 for Discussion
1. Space (and Time)
geometries: Euclidean, non-Euclidean, metric, non-metric
Newton's absolute space and time vs Leibniz relations among things
Frank Abbott's (1884) "Flatland"; Vonnnegut's 'Tralfamadorians'
geographic: earth size & shape; Lat/lon coordinate systems
location, distance and direction
field measurement:
compass and pacing traverse And/Or
base line and triangulation to plot tree locations
topological: graph theory, Euler, TSP, 4-color map problem, etc
experiential: D. Wood "cartography of reality"
mental map of campus area points and comparison to GE geometry
2. Cartography
trans-cultural history --- some high points Thrower's Text
views of what it is/does:
cartographic method - (Robinson)
spatial storehouse & source of distributive pattern
MacEachren's Cube
Communication model (Board, Kolacny, etc)
genaralization; visual system; graphic limits and controls (Robinson)
Transformational view (Clarke)
Map projections and impacts on appearance and spatial relations
symbolic conventions in thematic and topographic mapping
3. Remote Sensing
History; platforms and sensors; what's out there;
EMR
resolution: spatial, spectral, temporal
image interpretation: visual cues & inferences; practice
image geometry - radial relief displacement
4. GIS
Uses and typical functions
digital representation: bits, bytes, etc.
to data models and data structures and algorithms
vector/raster, object/field
spaghetti to topologically structured
classics: pip, po, li
How to fit in ...?
Francicso Ramos - visitor - internet mashups and startups (4th week)
www.skytruth.org http://frack.skytruth.org/frackfinder
term project? 399/492?