Temperature Conversions

 This simulator converts between Celsius, Fahrenheit, Kelvin, Réaumur, and Rankine temperatures. A student can get a quick feel for the conversion process by typing in a temperature in one of the scales; that same temperature is then displayed in all the other temperature scales. More detail on the Celsius, Fahrenheit and Kelvin scales are available in subordinate links. The mathematics used to convert between the various temperature scales is supplied in a subordinate link. Students are expected to understand the first three temperature scales mentioned above, and may in more advanced courses be expected to convert temperatures from one scale to another. The Celsius scale and its calibration based on the boiling and freezing points of water is accurately described. The calculator has an interesting u201cbugu201d that the class can be challenged to find. After learning about the absolute zero of temperature, the enterprising student can discover that this calculator allows negative absolute temperatures nonetheless! A game of u201cfind the mistake in the converteru201d would be a fun activity for the class.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
CLE 3001.4.4
Write an extended research paper, using primary and secondary sources and technology and graphics, as appropriate.
CLE 3231.2.2
Compare Celsius, Kelvin and the Absolute temperature scales.
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