Temperature Scales and Conversions

Temperature Scales
Temperature can be expressed using three dif-
ferent scales: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Kelvin.
The SI unit for temperature is the kelvin (K).
Although 0 K is much colder than 0°C, a
change of 1 K is equal to a change of 1°C.
Three Temperature Scales
37
˚
310
212
˚
98.6
˚
32
˚
100
˚
20
˚
0
˚
373
29 3
273
68
˚
Water boils
KelvinCelsiusFahrenheit
Body temperature
Room temperature
Water freezes
Temperature Conversions Table
To convert
Celsius to
Fahrenheit
°C °F
F ahrenheit
to Celsius
°F °C
Celsius
to Kelvin
°C K
Kelvin
to Celsius
C
Use this equation:
°F
9
5
°C
32
°C
5
9
F 32)
K °C 273
°C K 273
Example
Convert 45°C to °F.
°F
9
5
45° C
32 113°F
Convert 68°F to °C.
°C
5
9
(68°F 32) 20°C
Convert 45°C to K.
K
45°C 273 318 K
Convert 32 K to °C.
°C 32 K 273 24 1°C
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