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Converting temperature scales (Celsius scale, Fahrenheit scale, Kelvin scale) – problems
and solutions

1. 50 oC = ..... oF ?
Solution
At standard atmospheric pressure, the freezing point of water is 0 oC on the Celsius scale and 32 oF on
the Fahrenheit scale. At standard atmospheric pressure, the boiling point of water is 100 oC on the
Celsius scale and 212 oF on the Fahrenheit scale.
0 oC = 32 oF and 100 oC = 212 oF. A change of 5 Co = a change of 9 Fo.

For a Celsius scale, the distance between 0 oC and 100 oC divided into 100 equal intervals. For a
Fahrenheit scale, the distance between 0 oC and 100 oC divided into 180 equal intervals.

ToF = (180/100) ToC + 32


ToF = (9/5) ToC + 32
ToF = (9/5) 50 + 32
ToF = (9) 10 + 32
ToF = 90 + 32
ToF = 122

50 oC = 122 oF

2. 86 oF = ..... oC ?
Solution
ToC = (100/180)(ToF - 32)
ToC = (5/9)(ToF - 32)
ToC = (5/9)(86 - 32)
ToC = (5/9)(54)
ToC = (5)(6)
ToC = 30

86 oF = 30 oC

3. 50oC = ..... K ?
Solution
T = T oC + 273
T = 50 + 273
T = 323

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