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Types of GIS Output

You know that your GIS (geographic information system) provides maps — that's its basic function and probably the reason you bought it. But a GIS offers more than maps, and the following list includes [more…]

What You Can Do with GIS

With GIS (geographic information system) you can do all sorts of geography-related stuff — find places, of course, but also find the best place to locate your business, among other things. The following [more…]

Grid-Based GIS Map Functions

If your GIS (geographic information system) is grid-based, you have access to some cool, algebra-based functions. The following table shows the functions, where they work, and what you can do with each [more…]

GIS Map Characteristics to Keep in Mind

Your GIS (geographic information system) is very handy and a great navigation tool, but what you see on the GIS screen isn't necessarily what the actual terrain looks like. As you use your GIS, remember [more…]

GIS For Dummies Cheat Sheet

A GIS (geographical information system) is a fun and functional piece of equipment that offers maps, and so much more! You can analyze terrain and compare maps, keeping in mind the fact that the map you [more…]

Key Weather Words Defined

If you want to talk about the weather, it helps to know the lingo. The following list contains words both common and uncommon you need to know to discuss weather and weather conditions knowledgably: [more…]

Types of Cloud

Clouds play a large role in discussing, predicting, and watching the weather — not to mention providing scope for daydreams and flights of fancy. The following list describes the common cloud types that [more…]

Weather For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Who doesn’t talk about the weather? But, if you know the meanings of some key weather words, you can talk even more fluently. And clouds provide scope for imagination and help in predicting and anticipating [more…]

Symbols Used in Electronics Projects Schematics

If you get involved in electronics projects — building radios or metal detectors or motion detectors or whatever — it helps to know the symbols used in schematics. The symbols in the following list are [more…]

Safe Soldering Checklist

If you’re tackling an electronics project, you’re tackling soldering as well. Soldering poses a few different dangers: The soldering iron itself gets mighty hot; the solder [more…]

Types of Switches Used in Electronics Projects

A switch seems simple enough: You flick it one way to go on and the other way to go off. With an electronic project however, understanding how different types of switches operate helps you decide which [more…]

Electronics Projects For Dummies Cheat Sheet

Electronics projects often start with schematics that tell you what type of electronics to use where. Getting familiar with the symbols used in schematics takes you from “what the heck does this mean?” [more…]

Anatomical Body Cavities

Medical shows and crime shows have made body cavities all too familiar, and anatomically speaking, these spaces are very important, providing housing and protection for vital organs. The following list [more…]

Anatomic Organ Systems

If you’re talking anatomy and physiology, you’re talking about the human body and its organs. The 11 systems in the following list provide the means for every human activity from breathing to eating to [more…]

Describing the Anatomic Position

To describe or talk about human anatomy, you need to start from an agreed-upon view of the human body. The anatomic position for the human form is the figure standing upright, eyes looking forward, upper [more…]

Anatomic Terms

When you’re talking anatomy in a scientific way, everyday words such as front, back, side, above, and below just aren’t precise enough. Instead you use the anatomic terms in the following list: [more…]

Anatomical Planes of the Body

You may not think about the planes of your body much, but you have them nonetheless, and if you’re talking anatomy, knowing the names of the planes comes in handy. [more…]

Anatomy & Physiology For Dummies Cheat Sheet

The human body is a beautiful and efficient system well worth study. In order to study and talk about anatomy and physiology, you need to be familiar with standard anatomic positions and anatomic terms [more…]

Chemical Bonding Basics

In bonding, atoms lose, gain, or share electrons in order to have the same number of electrons as the noble gas that's nearest on the periodic table. Ionic, covalent, and metallic bonds are formed by combinations [more…]

Chemistry Concepts: Energy Levels and Orbitals

A lot of chemistry is explained by the sharing and trading of electrons between atoms. Understanding how electrons are arranged in an atom is a building block of Chem I. [more…]

Digging the Mole Concept in Chemistry

The mole (abbreviate mol and sometimes called Avogadro's number) is a conversion number that allows a chemist or chemistry student to move from the microscopic world of atoms, ions, and molecules to the [more…]

Identifying Isotopes through Representations

In Chem I, you may have to identify isotopes, which are atoms of the same element that have different numbers of neutrons. The following representation allows you to identify a specific isotope of an element [more…]

Common Measurement Conversions for Chemistry

In order to succeed in your Chem I class, you need to have a firm understanding of basic chemistry measurements and how to convert them from one measurement to another. Following are some important conversions [more…]

The Basic Chemistry of Acids and Bases

A lot of chemistry requires you to understand the difference between acids and bases. An acid is a substance that donates an H+ ion to another chemical species called a base. A [more…]

The Combined Gas Law and Ideal Gas Law

When studying the properties of gases, you need to know the relationships between the variables of volume (V), pressure (P), Kelvin temperature (T), and the amount in moles [more…]

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