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

1. Jun 20, 2007

### sk381

Can some one point me to or explain in simple terms, the derivation of the formula to convert celcius into fahrenheit?

Thanks!

2. Jun 20, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

I'm not sure what you mean by derivation. It is just the ratio of the increments minus the difference between starting points.

3. Jun 20, 2007

### sk381

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..

4. Jun 20, 2007

### ice109

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.

5. Jun 20, 2007

### Staff: Mentor

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