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You are an air sign. How do you measure the temperature from the air around you?
Units of Temperature (Images from http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/maps/ctof.rxml
In the United states, meteorologist measure surface temperature as degrees Fahrenheit, (developed in the early 1700's by G. Daniel Fahrenheit). However, most of the rest of the world uses degrees Celsius (developed in the 18th Century). It is important to be able to convert from units of degrees Fahrenheit to degrees Celsius.
The little "0" to the top and left of the abbreviation stands for degrees.
HOW TO CONVERT
Kelvin is another unit of temperature that is very handy for many scientific calculations. The Kelvin init of temperature begins at absolute zero (meaning it has no negative numbers. (Note...the word "degrees" is NOT used with Kelvin.) The way to convert from degrees Celsius to Kelvin is:
The three different temperature scales have been placed side-by-side in the chart below for comparison.
Image adapted from: Ahrens, taken from http://ww2010.atmos.uiuc.edu/(Gh)/guides/maps/ctof.rxml
Can you imagine anything living and breathing air at Vostok, Antarctica on July of 1983? Ouch!
USING THE EXAMPLES ABOVE, FILL IN THE INFORMATION MISSING IN THE BOXES BELOW.
60 ºF = ºC
100 ºF = ºC
42 ºC = ºF
34 ºC = K
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