Scale drawing

A scale drawing represents an actual object but is different in size. Scale drawings are usually smaller than the object represented. The scale for a drawing is the ratio between the size of the drawing and what is represented. A map is an example of a scale drawing.


map scale


A map scale is a ratio between the dimensions on the map and the dimensions of the area it represents.

Example

The scale for the map shown below is in the lower right:


See also proportion, ratio, scale model, similar figures.