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Beaufort Scale and Wind Effects
0 Smoke rises vertically
1 Smoke shows wind direction
2 Wind felt on face
3 Leaves move, flags extend
4 Paper, small branches move
5 Small trees sway, flags beat
6 Large branches sway, flags beat
7 Large branches sway, walking is difficult
8 Twigs break, walking is hindered
9 Slight roof damage
10 Severe damage, trees uprooted
11 Widespread damage
The Beaufort scale was devised by Frances Beaufort in 1805 to measure wind speeds. The scale is numbered from 0 to 12, and represents wind speeds in the open, 33 feet above ground. The Beaufort scale, B, can be modeled by the function
where x is the speed of the wind in miles per hour.
Sketch the graph of this function.