Real World Applications – Algebra I
How can we use exponents to measure a wind storm at sea?
If we look at the weather forecast on the news, there are many different ways that is explained to you. They usually tell us the temperature, the wind speed in your local area, and the humidity. At sea, the Beaufort Scale is usually used to determine how rough winds are, besides given in miles per hour.
If you look at this video,
we can see that the Beaufort Scale is about an 8 or 9. But what does that mean?
10 is pretty high on the Beaufort Scale, especially since the numbers range from 0 to 12! At Beaufort 10, you’d expect a really violent storm with uprooted trees and shingles flying off roofs!