Body Temperature Conversion Problem

Worked Problem Converting from Fahrenheit to Celsius and Kelvin

Human body temperature is 37.0 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit.
Human body temperature is 37.0 degrees Celsius or 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit. Cultura RM Exclusive/GIPhotoStock, Getty Images

This worked example problem demonstrates how to convert Fahrenheit measurements to the Celsius and Kelvin temperature scales.

Problem

Express normal body temperature, 98.6°F, in °C and K.

Solution

The Fahrenheit to Celsius conversion equation may be expressed in this form:
F° = = 1.8(°C) + 32
Enter 98,6 for the F°
98.6 = 1.8(°C) + 32
1.8(°C) = 98.6 - 32
1.8(°C) = 66.6
°C = 66.6/1.8
°C = 37.0

To solve for Kelvin:
K = °C +273
K = 37.0 + 273
K = 310

Answer

98.6 °F is equal to 37.0°C and 310 K