• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

GEOGRAPHY example of theoretical rationale

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Theoretical Rationale I will now explain the theory behind my hypothesis. A key focus during my investigation is spheres of influence. Settlement hierarchy, suggests that the larger the settlement, the larger the sphere of influence. This is the same with settlement because larger settlements provide a greater variety of services and shops, affecting the distance from which people are prepared to travel to the settlement. For example, the sphere of influence of a capital city would stretch to the borders of a country, but the sphere of influence of a small town, may only be very local, due to fewer services and shops, hence less reason to travel there. As it would be impractical to carry out such a large scale investigation of sphere of influences of settlements, I will adapt the theory to retail outlets, to investigate differences between spheres of influence of two retail outlets. ...read more.

Middle

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/6/63/Christaller_model_1.jpg Conversely, in 1931, William Reilly suggested that there are no fixed areas of trade and that they could vary in size, shape and may overlap. A statistical method was still used however, to determine a point. Consumers living on one side of this point, or breaking point, would patron settlement A and those on the other side would patron settlement B. So the point furthest from a settlement where someone would choose to travel to that settlement would be the breaking point. The breaking point between two settlements would generally be further from the larger settlements, hence closer to the smaller ones. Which leads me onto say, it cannot be calculated without 2 settlements. Christaller and Reilly's theories are both deterministic, however, in 1963, Huff brought a new concept into the study and his theory was more probabilistic. He too used a statistical method; however the result was expressed as a probability. ...read more.

Conclusion

Reilly's model also shows the effect population (and indirectly size) has an effect on sphere of influence, as shown in the diagram. Huffs probability model, reiterates that consumers have imperfect knowledge and choice to patron different locations, showing that a line cannot be drawn to fully determine whether consumers on one side will patron a certain location. Hypothesis 'I expect there will be a difference the sphere of influence of the two retail outlets, due to various reasons including the overall size of the outlets' To investigate the spheres of influence I will be comparing two retail outlets. These will be a Sainsbury's and an Aldi, both in the area of Selly Oak; the Sainsbury's being much larger. On the next page I am going to locate these outlets with the use of aerial maps and photos (from www.multimap.com). How close the retail outlets are to each other can be noticed. ?? ?? ?? ?? Investigating spheres of influence of two retail outlets Bharath Varadharajan ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Human Geography section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Human Geography essays

  1. GCSE Geography Settlement Coursework

    distances because they can come from the North, South, East and West. Summertown only has one route into the centre, which is down the Banbury road, so buses can come from two directions only, the North and the South. To prove my hypothesis I will be conducting a bus count

  2. Windsor Investigation

    After we were satisfied that we had taken enough responses we decided to take a look around Windsor, meeting up with other groups on the way. But as always we only got as far as McDonalds and decided to call it a day.

  1. Enquiry: Investigation into Retail.

    We solved this problem by entering the units, and enquiring in order to determine the shop type. This was especially a problem if the shop was on the second floor of a building. Overall, there was nothing that could have flawed our results, as it was simple to solve any problems we had when on the trip.

  2. geography settlement

    them and constructing models of urban development, such as the Burgess or concentric zone model. In MEDCs there is a tendency for people and businesses to relocate away from city-centres to the urban-rural fringe, which encroaches on the surrounding countryside in a process called urban sprawl.

  1. Is Dungannon at the higher end of the settlement hierarchy than Coalisland?

    Many things have changed in Coalisland today form when it first grew up. The canal has now been partly built over and has some shops on top. The corn mill in Coalisland is now the Local heritage centre and the coal mines are now all closed off due to the

  2. To investigate the form and retail pattern of High Wycombe.

    the number of people walking past on each side of the street for 2 minutes. To see whether the area gets busier as you move further from the CBD. Thursday afternoon- Between 2 and 2:30 pm. Types of Urban Land use Each group was given a square of area from

  1. A comparison of two retail spheres of influence

    Does people spend different amount of money in different type of shops? 5. Is there a pattern between the place of people live and the mode of transportation tools they take to shop? Hypothesis: 1. A high order shop has larger sphere of influence than low order shop There

  2. Case Studies - Population, Settlement, Industry and Environment

    More national and international cross rail means less people drive around the place, decreasing congestion. * Road: Ring roads such as M25 and A406 introduced so that you don't have to go through London to get to the other side, reducing congestion in the city.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work