Name:___________________________ (Geography 207, February 8, 2000)

Quiz #3


There are two parts (for a total of 30 points or minutes) + Bonus questions.

Part I (15 points; pick three questions):

Select 3 (three) from the following 5 items for brief statements [5 points each]. Please write legibly and avoid repetition between your answers in Part I and Part II. Every good idea counts only once.

(1) List 5 (five) concepts (at least three of them from the class or text) which you intend to relate to and explore in the context of your "project" (as it presently appears on the active membership list under "members' interest" or "Outreach Activity"). Use at least one sentence each to link the concept to your project.

(2) Briefly explain the significance of the (broadly interpreted) Engel's Law for determining the viability (threshold requirements) of a retail business at a certain location.

(3) Isodapanes are defined on the basis of given "weights" or proportions of inputs (materials). Thus, there cannot be any "substitution" (or "trade-offs") between weights or inputs. Explain these statements and their locational significance.

(4) YOUR FAVORITE LOCATION QUOTIENT: Recently, you had a chance to think about the Location Quotient in the context of your project or outreach interests. Please formulate a hypothetical (but meaningful) location quotient for this context. Identify all numerators and denominators (WITHOUT actual numbers!) in the L.Q. formula. Please also (briefly!) discuss the significance of selecting the specific (kinds of) regions for this calculation.

(5) "Land-intensive activities tend to use the land NOT very intensively" . Explain this statement and clarify terminological confusions (if any).

Part II (15 points, pick one concept)

Much of the class agenda so far evolved around "focal concepts" or "focal conceptualizations". It is suggested that such perspectives can be used to review substantial parts of "Economic Geography". Carefully pick one of these focal concepts and write one well-structured essay-type statement in which you (1) explain the concept itself and (2) relate it and its significance to other key concepts you are familiar with and thereby demonstrate that you understand some of the broader views presented in your text, your other (assignment-related) readings, in the class outline and our specific presentations in class.

  1. Compositional and population change
  2. Spatial differentiation (or the role of "space-differentiating forces")
  3. Competition (and competitive bidding processes) as allocative mechanisms for locations and land uses.
  4. Scale and agglomeration effects (economies/diseconomies).
  5. Product (or industry-) life cycle
  6. Non-profit activities
  7. Service activities (The tertiary sector)
  8. Information technology


BONUS: (#1 & #2 in class, #3 take-home)

1. Who/what is "Fantus"? (1 point)

2. How do we define a "consultant" in the context of our class projects? (1 point)

3. TAKE-HOME (1-3 POINTS) [Is also posted on the Web]

Use our Online Discussion Form (linked to membership list) between now and this coming Sunday night to air your ideas, suggestions and inquiries (to the class) about the group component of the project and joint presentations. Examples:

Have you had any positive group experiences in other classes or contexts which you wish to share?
Are you looking for a partner to work on a specific project within your group?
Are you looking for a specific skill which you suspect somebody in the class may have and could share with you?
Use your imagination as to how you/we could use the discussion form to overcome the communication-inhibiting features of this class (lack of time, rigidity of seating arrangements etc.) and make our projects more effective and fun. As part of the BONUS, you may also (or instead) want to respond to comments or questions which others have already posted on the page.

(If you have project-related questions for your instructor, please send them by Email)