Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius Example Problem

Fahrenheit to Celsius Example
Convert Fahrenheit to Celsius by taking the Fahrenheit temperature, subtracting 32, and dividing the answer by 1.8.

Converting Fahrenheit to Celsius is a common temperature unit conversion. This example problem shows how to convert Fahrenheit to Celsius.

Fahrenheit to Celsius Example

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

The formula 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

There is another way to write the Fahrenheit to Celsius formula that avoids using fractions:

°C = (°F – 32) ÷ 1.8

°C = (101.5 – 32) ÷ 1.8
°C = (69.5 – 32) ÷ 1.8
°C = 38.6 °C

As you can see, you’ll get the same answer using either formula.

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

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