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Celsius or Fahrenheit. What's the Difference?


In the United States, people usually measure temperature using the Fahrenheit scale. If it is a cold day, the temperature on the Fahrenheit scale might be about 35°F. However, in science and in most other parts of the world, people use a different temperature scale, called the Celsius scale. If you told a person who was used to the Celsius scale that it was 35°C outside, they would think that it was really hot!


In this activity, you will

  • Take the temperature of a variety of items using two different temperature scales.
  • Compare the Celsius and Fahrenheit scales.

Sensors and Equipment

This experiment features the following Vernier sensors and equipment.

Option 1

Option 2

Additional Requirements

You may also need an interface and software for data collection. What do I need for data collection?

Standards Correlations

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Investigating Temperature

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2Why Do We Need Thermometers?
3Celsius or Fahrenheit. What's the Difference?
4Getting it Just Right!
5The Temperature Probe Spends the Night
6Hold Everything! Comparing Insulators
7Keepin' it Cool! Design Your Own Thermos
8I'm Melting! Water Changes States
9Solid, Liquid, Gas: Water Can Do it All!
10Cool Reaction! The Reaction of Baking Soda and Vinegar

Experiment 3 from Investigating Temperature Lab Book

<i>Investigating Temperature</i> book cover

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