Worlds of David Darling
Encyclopedia of Science
   
Home > Encyclopedia of Science

Fahrenheit




Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales compared
Kelvin, Celsius, and Fahrenheit scales compared
A temperature scale based on the freezing point of water (32°F) and the boiling point of water (212°F). The interval between these points is divided into 180 equal parts. Although replaced by the Celsius scale, the Fahrenheit scale is still sometimes used for non-scientific measurements. Degrees Fahrenheit are converted to degrees Celsius by subtracting 32 and then dividing by 1.8. The system was devised by the german physicist Gabriel Fahrenheit.


Related category

   • UNITS