1.4 Summary Problems

1. Using the measurements provided, determine the %slope of the following slopes between Points A and B.

triangle on right: rise =100 ft. run=90 ft. Triangle on left: rise =80 ft. run = 230 ft.


2. On a 60% slope, Todd wants to walk up a slope a distance equivalent to 100 feet horizontal distance. How far should he walk from Point A?

graphic not essential


3. Determine the average slopes between Points A and B on the contour maps below. The scale is 1 inch=2000 feet.  The contour interval is 80 feet.



Answers to Summary Questions

1. \displaystyle \left( {\frac{{rise}}{{run}}} \right)\left( {100} \right)=%slope


1a. \left( {\frac{{100ft}}{{90ft}}} \right)\left( {100} \right)=111%

1b. \left( {\frac{{80ft}}{{230ft}}} \right)\left( {100} \right)=35%


2.  On a 60% slope, we know that the rise is 60% of the run. Therefore, the rise here should be 60 percent of 100 feet or 60 feet.  Using the Pythagorean theorem, we can solve for the hypotenuse.

a2 + b2 = c2      where:

1002 + 602 = c2

13,600 = c2       




3. The answers to these questions will depend upon how you measured the horizontal, or map distance, which can be hard to do on a screen.  My measurements are shown on the maps below:


At left. Point A is ≈ 3440 feet.  Point B is ≈ 3720 feet.  The rise is 280 feet.  The run is ≈ 2200 feet.  Therefore, the average slope is (280)(100)/2200 = 13%.

At right.  Point A is ≈ 4040 feet.  Point B is ≈ 3280 feet.  The rise is 760 feet.  The run is 1300 feet.   Therefore, the average slope is (760)(100)/2200 = 58%



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