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Converting Fahrenheit to Kelvin

Worked Temperature Unit Conversion Example

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Do you know what body temperature is in Kelvin?

Do you know what body temperature is in Kelvin?

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This example problem illustrates the method to convert Fahrenheit to Kelvin.

Problem:

A healthy person has a body temperature of 98.6 °F. What is this temperature in Kelvin?

Solution:

First, convert Fahrenheit to Celsius. The formula to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius is

TC = 5/9(TF - 32)

TC = 5/9(98.6 - 32)
TC = 5/9(66.6)
TC = 37 °C

Next, convert °C to K:

The formula to convert °C to K is:

TK = TC + 273

TK = 37 + 273
TK = 310 K Answer:

The temperature in Kelvin of a healthy person is 310 K.

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