Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius Example Problem

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Chemistry Cat knows the average body temperature of a cat in Fahrenheit, but needs the temperature in Celsius.

Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius is a common conversion students have to make. This example problem will show how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius.

Example Problem:
The average body temperature of a house cat is 101.5 °F. What is this temperature in Celsius?

The formula needed to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius is:

°C = 59(°F – 32)

where °F and °C are the temperatures in Fahrenheit and Celsius respectively.

Plug 101.5 °F into the formula

°C = 59(101.5 – 32)
°C = 59(69.5)
°C = 38.6 °C

The average body temperature of a cat in Celsius is 38.6 °C.

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