Centigrade

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A scale for measuring the temperature where there are 100 degrees between the freezing temperature of water and the boiling temperature of water. This scale is used in most of Europe, Canada, and for all scientific measurements. This is contrasted to the scale most often used in the United States, known as the Fahrenheit system. Freezing of water is at 0 degrees Centigrade or 32 degree Fahrenheit (abbreviated 0?C or 32?F), while water boils at 100?C or 212?F.A scale for measuring the temperature where there are 100 degrees between the freezing temperature of water and the boiling temperature of water. This scale is used in most of Europe, Canada, and for all scientific measurements. This is contrasted to the scale most often used in the United States, known as the Fahrenheit system. Freezing of water is at 0 degrees Centigrade or 32 degree Fahrenheit (abbreviated 0?C or 32?F), while water boils at 100?C or 212?F.

Temperatures can be converted between the two scales with the following formula: C= 5/9 (F-32). For example, to find the Centigrade equivalent of 68 degrees Fahrenheit, follow these steps:

  1. C = 5/9 (68-32)
  2. C = 5/9 (36)
  3. C = 5 x 36 /9
  4. C = 180/9
  5. C = 20 degrees

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