Posted by Henry on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 11:24pm.
A road sign at the top of a mountain indicates that for the next 4 miles the grade is 12%. Find the angle of the grade and the change in elevation for a car descending the mountain.

PreCalculus  Damon, Friday, February 6, 2009 at 10:42am
The grade of an incline is its vertical rise in some units per every 100 horizontal run in the same units.
so
rise/run = tan slope = .12
so slope = tan^1 .12 = 6.8 degrees
height in miles = .12 run in miles
( the question is ambiguous. I am assuming the 4 miles is on the map, horizontal, rather than on the odometer , hypotenuse)
height change = .12*4 miles = .48 miles down
or .48*5280 = 2534 feet down