Body Temperature Conversion Problem

Worked Problem Converting from Fahrenheit to Celsius and Kelvin

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Body Temperature Conversion Problem." ThoughtCo, Mar. 16, 2017, thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, March 16). Body Temperature Conversion Problem. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Body Temperature Conversion Problem." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320 (accessed October 23, 2017).
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

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Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Body Temperature Conversion Problem." ThoughtCo, Mar. 16, 2017, thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320. Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. (2017, March 16). Body Temperature Conversion Problem. Retrieved from https://www.thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320 Helmenstine, Anne Marie, Ph.D. "Body Temperature Conversion Problem." ThoughtCo. https://www.thoughtco.com/body-temperature-conversion-problem-609320 (accessed October 23, 2017).