Geography 450: Last Rites (Fall 2000)

PART I: Select 4 from the following 6 questions: (7 1/2 minutes each = 30 points or minutes)

A.Weber's locational equilibrium solution anywhere within the triangle (instead of at a corner location)...
Christaller's regular hexagonal & hierarchical grid of market areas and central places...
Von Thuenen's circular pattern of land use zones...
Hotelling's famous equilibrium solution...
D. Smith' spatial margin analysis (spatially variable cost and revenue analyses)...
Alonso's equilibrium land use pattern...

  1. depends on
  2. does not depend on
  3. may be consistent with
  4. cannot possibly coexist with
  5. (something else of your determination)
the assumption of linear transport cost functions for the three transport processes the presence of (external) agglomeration economies the uniformity of production methods and intensity of land use at all locations within each zone of cultivation the presence of some distance elasticity of demand uniformity of output prices the absence of minimum- lot- size zoning regulations in suburbs

Explain or justify your four answers (a,b,c,d or something else) as precisely as possible.

PART II: Select one (1) of the following two questions (30 points or minutes)

  1. Review the content of the chapter in Hayter's book you have selected as your mandatory reading for week 11 and assess the significance of this content in the context of various objectives, perspectives and/or approaches covered in Geography 450.


  2. To what extent and how, would you suggest, could the material which you have heard or read about in Geography 450 be grouped into these two categories (instead of our two or three categories):
    1. study of forces promoting spatial concentration or agglomeration
    2. study of forces promoting spatial de-centralization or dispersion.
    Be sure that your answer covers all or at least most (including facets from the second) parts of the class, and that it is well structured and conceptualized.