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How to Convert Temperatures on Mars...and Everywhere Else

Taking temperature conversions to the next level.

By
Jason Marshall, PhD
1-minute read

In a recent Math Dude episode we learned how to convert from Fahrenheit to Celsius, and vice versa. To go from degrees Fahrenheit (°F) to degrees Celsius (°C) you have to subtract 32 from the Fahrenheit temperature and then divide by 1.8, like this:

°C = (°F – 32°) / 1.8

To go from degrees Celsius to degrees Fahrenheit you have to multiply the Celsius temperature by 1.8 and then add 32°, like this:

°F = (°C • 1.8) + 32°

Once you know that, you can convert temperatures to your heart's content and figure out lots of things, including:

  • The average temperature of the surface of Mercury is:

354 °F … or (354° – 32°) / 1.8 ≈ 179 °C

  • The average temperature of the surface of Mars is:

–47 °C … or (–47° • 1.8) + 32° ≈ –53 °F

  • The average temperature of the surface of Pluto is:

–380 °F … or (–380° – 32°) / 1.8 ≈ –229 °C

 

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About the Author

Jason Marshall, PhD

Jason Marshall is the author of The Math Dude's Quick and Dirty Guide to Algebra. He provides clear explanations of math terms and principles, and his simple tricks for solving basic algebra problems will have even the most math-phobic person looking forward to working out whatever math problem comes their way.

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