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Another simple question: Derivation of the formula for temp. conversion

  1. Jun 20, 2007 #1
    Can some one point me to or explain in simple terms, the derivation of the formula to convert celcius into fahrenheit?

    Thanks!
     
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  3. Jun 20, 2007 #2

    russ_watters

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    I'm not sure what you mean by derivation. It is just the ratio of the increments minus the difference between starting points.
     
  4. Jun 20, 2007 #3
    re : Derivation of the formula for temp. conversion

    I mean, how does one arrive at this:

    Tc = (5/9)*(Tf-32)

    or what do you mean by "It is just the ratio of the increments minus the difference between starting points."

    I know it might be very trivial but I'm just having a hard time getting to it..


    Thanks..
     
  5. Jun 20, 2007 #4
    1 celsius degree is 9/5 of a fahrenheit degree. on the fahrenheit scale the temperature water freezes at is 32 , on the celsius scale the correspondent temperature is zero. that's it, and that's exactly what russ meant.
     
  6. Jun 20, 2007 #5

    Doc Al

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